Sustainability

Better Printing Practices

Did You Know . . .

                                                                                             
The American Paper Institute has estimated that manufacturing one pound of office paper from virgin fiber consumes the following resources:

  • 12 cubic inches of pulpwood
  • 13.5 gallons of water
  • 10.5 KWh of electricity
  • .3 pounds of pollutants

Improve Your Printing Practices

                                                                                  
Along with using only recycled paper, printing efficiently can significantly reduce a computer user's ecological footprint. Improve your printing efficiency!

  • Edit on screen.
  • Change the margins to .75 inches from 1.25 inches.
  • On larger documents, use smaller font sizes.
  • Keep a recycling bin by the printer.
  • Enable the duplex option on your computer to print double sided

How to Enable the Duplex Printing Option

Most Law School public printers have duplex capability that allows printing on both sides of the page. If you have not already done so, please follow these simple steps to enable the duplex option on your computer.

Windows XP

  1. In the Control Panel, open Printer and Faxes.
  2. Right-click your network printer and select Properties on the context menu.
  3. In the Printer Properties window that appears, click on the Device Settings tab.
  4. Locate the Duplex Unit setting. Click on the drop-down arrow to the right of it. Select Installed.
  5. Double-sided printing is now enabled. However, applications will still print on one side of the page by default.
  6. You will have the option of choosing double-sided printing whenever you print a document from within an application (such as MS Word) - the double-sided printing option will be available in the printing preferences. If this suits your needs, then click OK.
  7. If you want to set the default for this printer to be double-sided, proceed to the following steps.
  • Right-click on the desired printer and select Properties.
  • Click on the Printing Preferences… button at the bottom.
  • Click on the Flip on Long Edge option (or Flip on Short Edge, if you prefer) and click OK.
  • Your computer will now print double-sided by default when using this printer. You will still have the option of choosing single-sided printing in the printing preferences for any document.

Windows Vista

Printers with duplexing available will auto-detect this feature when the printer is installed. If you want to set the default for this printer to be double-sided, proceed to the following steps.

  1. Right-click on the desired printer and select Properties.
  2. Click on the Printing Preferences button at the bottom and select the Finishing tab.
  3. Check the box for Print On Both Sides and click OK.
  4. Your computer will now print double-sided by default when using this printer. You will still have the option of choosing single-sided printing in the printing preferences for any document.

Macintosh OS X

  1. Open any application that can print, such as Microsoft Word or a web browser. Open the File menu and select Print.
  2. Click the drop-down menu that says Copies and Pages (or the name of the application that you are using), and select Layout.
  3. Click the Two-Sided drop-down menu, and select any option that has Long-edge.
  4. Click on the Presets menu at the top. Select Save as… and type a name for the double-sided setting, such as “duplex” or “double-sided”, and click OK.
  5. Now click OK or Print to print the document – it has to be printed in order to make double-sided printing the default in all applications.

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