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10 Simple Printer Hacks & Secrets That Will Save You Money & Time

Printing can be a hassle, but it doesn't have to be. With these 10 printer hacks, you can streamline your printing process and make it a breeze.

  1. Clean your printer regularly to keep it running smoothly. Use a soft cloth to wipe down the exterior and a cotton swab to clean hard-to-reach areas.

  2. Use the duplex printing feature to save paper. This feature prints on both sides of the page, reducing paper waste.

  3. Print documents directly from your smartphone or tablet using a mobile printing app. This allows you to print from anywhere, without having to transfer files to your computer first.

  4. Calibrate your printer regularly to ensure that your prints are accurate and of high quality.

  5. Print a test page to check your printer's ink levels. If you're running low on ink, refill or replace the cartridge before you run out completely.

  6. Use draft mode for low-quality printing jobs. This will save you ink and paper, and is a great option for printing internal documents.

  7. Print documents in grayscale to save on color ink. This is especially useful for documents that contain mostly text or images that are not color-critical.

  8. Print multiple pages on one sheet of paper. This feature, known as "n-up printing," is a great way to save paper and reduce clutter.

  9. Use a printer spooler to queue up multiple print jobs and complete them all at once. This can save you time and make printing more efficient.

  10. Save on ink by using compatible or remanufactured ink cartridges instead of OEM (original equipment manufacturer) cartridges. These alternatives are often less expensive and perform just as well as OEM cartridges.

With these printer hacks, you'll be able to make your printing process more efficient and cost-effective. Happy printing!

About William Elward

Founder of Castle Ink, William Elward has 20 years experience in the printer industry. He's been featured on CNN Money, Yahoo, PC World, Computer World, and other top publications and frequently blogs about printers and ink cartridges. He's an expert at diagnosing printer issues and has published guides to fixing common printer issues across the internet. A graduate of Bryant University and Columbia's Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program, he's held various leadership positions at The College Board, Bankrate, Zocdoc, and Everyday Health. Follow him on Twitter at William Elward's Twitter Profile