Saving paper while printing

Kind of a must these days… going green. And I am talking about the attitude, not actually painting yourself. Thanks to the advent of laptops, tablets and cell phones, we see ourselves using much less paper. I feel real nice when you try to print your IRCTC ticket, but a dialog pops up saying, “the sms received on the registered number is enough and a printout isn’t required”. Just goes to show, our railways are doing their bit. :D Even when someone calls me at office, and I need to note down a date, place or a name and number, I just use OneNote. Simply cause you can misplace a piece of paper, but its kind of difficult to get rid of information when its on a computer, especially when you don’t even have to click the save button (a OneNote feature, maybe I’ll blog about it later).
So the other day, I was about to print 70 odd pages and realised I could save half the pages if I printed on both sides. But since most printers at homes and small offices print only on one side of the paper, I had to figure out how I was going to do it, so that everything was in order, and it did take quite some time. Just so that you don’t waste paper in an effort to do the same, and also mental energy on trying to figure out how to do it, here are the list of steps:

Print double-sided using a single-sided printer

A word of advice, follow the steps blindly. And at least know which side of the paper is being printed on before you put it in the input tray of your printer. Also, there is a nice little button in some print dialog boxes which says, print double-sided, if you have a printer which doesn’t print on both sides of the paper, do not be surprised if nothing different happens cause you selected that option.

Printer outputs paper face-down

Follow these instructions if the printer outputs the pages in numerical order (starting with page one). The pages exit the printer face down (common with laser printers).

  1. Choose File > Print
  2. From the Subset pop-up menu In the Print Range area, select Even Pages Only.
  3. Select the Reverse Pages option. In this scenario, the Reverse pages option ensures that the page sequence is correct.
  4. Click OK or Print.
  5. If the total number of pages is odd, add a blank sheet so the final odd page has a sheet to print on.
  6. Put the stack of printed paper back into the supply (source) paper tray so that the unprinted sides print. Point the top of the pages toward the printer. Make sure that the edges of the paper stack are square.
  7. Choose File > Print and select Odd Pages Only from the Subset menu. (Do not select Reverse Pages this time.)
  8. Click OK or Print.

Printer outputs paper face-up

Follow these instructions if the printer outputs the pages in reverse order (last page first). The pages exit the printer face up (common with inkjet printers).

  1. Choose File > Print.
  2. From the Subset pop-up menu in the Print Range area, select Even Pages Only.
  3. Click OK or Print.
  4. If the total number of pages is odd, add a blank sheet so the final odd page has a sheet to print on.
  5. Put the stack of printed paper back into the supply (source) paper tray so that the unprinted sides print. Point the top of the pages toward the printer. Make sure that the edges of the paper stack are square.
  6. Choose File > Print and select Odd Pages Only from the Subset menu.
  7. Select the Reverse Pages option. In this scenario, the Reverse pages option ensures that the page sequence is correct.
  8. Click OK or Print.

The end result of the above is you will have everything you need in the proper order with no shuffling required. Now go forth young ones… change the world and make it a more sustainable place to live… one sheet of paper at a time.

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