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Print Smart: Printing at Madison College: Printing Tips

Learn all about printing at Madison College. Also includes tips and tricks to print smart, utilize less paper and make the most of the resources available to you.

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As students, it can be hard managing so much information: reading assignments, Power Point presentations, handouts, and more. We ask that all students do their best to reduce the amount of printing they do for coursework. The library has assembled this guide with a few tips and tricks to help you conserve paper and reduce your carbon footprint.

Utilize print preview: Be sure you only print what you need by using print preview. Select specific pages you want to print and avoid printing any blank pages at the end of the document. Printing from Microsoft Word? Scroll to the end of your document and delete blank pages that appear at the end. 

Print only the pages you need: If you need a copy of a section of a document, choose to print the page range that you need. 

Use caution when printing from PowerPoint: When printing PowerPoint slides, print multiple slides per page (3, 4 or 6) rather than one slide per page. This will also reduce the amount of paper you have to carry around with you everywhere. 

Think carefully about your needs: Rather than printing the PowerPoint slides for each class session, read through the slides ahead of class and evaluate if you really need to print them. Can you take notes on a laptop or in a notebook and just refer to the PowerPoint presentation on your computer screen? 

Decrease font size: Try decreasing the font size of your document to fit more onto fewer pages. 

Decrease margin size: Decrease the margin size to fit more text onto each page. 

Reduce the number of copies that you print: Print only as many copies as you need. When working in a group, is it possible to share handouts? 

Printing from the web? Look for a printer-friendly option which may only display the text. Or, copy and paste the content you need into a Microsoft Word Document or Google Doc. 

Do you just need to save the information for later? If you don't need a hard copy, try copying and saving the information to a Microsoft Word Doc and saving it to OneDrive, your H Drive or a portable flash drive. 

Where are you sending the print job? Know which printer your document is going to BEFORE you print. Don't see your document? Check other nearby printers. 

Be patient: If your document doesn't show up right away, wait a minute to confirm it didn't go through before printing again. 

Ask for help if you're having trouble printing. You may not realize you're printing blank pages or there may be a formatting error with your document.