Fast Printing: Settings And Programs If There Is Little Ink

by Digital Marketing E. Online Marketing Professional

Do we have little ink in the printer and need to optimize its use? Let's see how to use fast and fast printing on Windows

Cartridges and toners are without a doubt the most expensive component, in the long run, when we use any printer: every few sheets we will have to change the cartridge or toner to be able to continue printing. But if we don't have any spare parts available and the printer reports a very low ink level, what can we do?


Fortunately, modern operating systems and modern printing programs provide everything you need to save a little ink and print more sheets. We see in this guide how to print faster, using less ink , so that we can "get by" waiting to get the spare parts for our printer.


Let's not expect miracles: with the methods we are going to see we will be able to recover about 5% more ink, that is to say an extra 10-15 sheets (but a lot depends on the printer model and the type of ink used).

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Quick Print Options

Windows offers a fast ink-saving printing system that can be activated directly during the printing process.


To enable it, we open any document to be printed within the program in use (for example Word, Excel or LibreOffice), click on the CTRL + P keys or open the menu at the top left File -> Print and, in the window that we will see appear, make sure that the printer to be used is selected and we finally click on Printer properties .

From this window we select Monochromatic as color, we set Draft as print quality and click on Advanced . Depending on the printer model in use we will have various options to configure the printing process: we will have to activate (if possible) the options Save ink , Fast print or Print only in black and white . At the end of the configurations we click on OK to close all the windows and start the printing process.


On some programs, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, we can also activate an integrated ink saving system, so as to obtain faster prints and with a high ink consumption. To take advantage of this system, open any PDF document with the Acrobat Reader program, press the CTRL + P keys or click on the printer symbol at the top and in the window that we will see in the center of the screen, select the printer we want to use and set the check mark on the Print in grayscale (black and white) and Save ink / toner items .

When ready, click on Print at the bottom to start the process.


With these two active entries the print will be very fast and a special Adobe patented printing method will be used that saves a lot of ink, to the detriment of quality (which will obviously be very low).


Even when we print from the browser we can get a little ink saving by selecting the black and white print: on Chrome, just press the CTRL + P keys and select the Black and White item in the Color field to save the cartridges or toner of the color.


Obviously the other programs will also have dedicated print menus, it is up to us to activate the best voices, similar to those shown, in order to print faster and consume less ink.


Programs for printers

Instead of applying the changes to each program, we can configure the printer driver on the PC to immediately apply good ink savings and maximize print speed.


First of all we install the management programs for the printers, downloading them from the CDs supplied with the printer or downloading them from the official websites:


Once the driver and the updated management software have been obtained, we open the Start menu at the bottom left, look for the Printers and scanners item , select the printer to use and finally take us to the Manage -> Printing preferences path .

A very similar page will open to configure the printing of individual programs, in which we will have to select Draft quality and Monochromatic color .


If our printer has advanced options, we can configure it by clicking Printer Properties -> Preferences -> Advanced .


Alternatively we can use the management programs and apps specific to the printer model in use: for example on HP printers we can download the HP Smart app , so that we can manage and configure the printer optimally.


Other methods to save ink

If these methods did not save you ink, we can try one of the other methods described in the various guides that we made on the site.

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