Do you ever begin to print a coupon, only to realize that you’re also printing something like the above: a three-quarter page, full-color, high-resolution ad for a product you were already planning to buy? Sure, you’re glad to have the 1.00 coupon, but you’re not sure you wanted to spend fifty-cents worth of ink to get it. And since coupons print automatically without opening up your print-job tray like most documents do, you don’t even have a chance to change your printer settings to use less ink before the coupon prints!
Unfortunately, you can’t choose to have the ads not print on your coupon pages (yet!), but there is a way to change your printer settings to make them automatically default to the lowest possible ink use so that those unwanted intruders eat up only a little black print, instead of a lot of your much-more-expensive colored ink.
1. Click on the “start” button and choose “Control Panel”.
2. Once in the Control Panel, open “Printers and Faxes”.
3. Find the printer (or printers) on which you’re going to print the coupons and right click. Choose “Printing Preferences” from the drop-down menu that appears.
4. Set the preferences to “draft” and select the checkbox for “print in black and white”. Press “okay.”
5. Your computer will now automatically print all documents, including those pesky ads, using these settings. Remember to change the settings before you print other documents that want to have appear in color or high resolution.