Font that uses "minimal ink" when printing

Hi,
I hope I'm posting in the right section.

I need to print a lengthy manuscript (a novel). I plan to shrink the size of the font and margins to minimize the # of pages, etc. In addition, I need to save link, so I'm looking for a font that, for lack of a better term, would use the least # of pixels when printing. In other words, it would be a font that would print "lighter" rather than "darker".

Any suggestions?
Thanks,
Steve
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAsked:
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Emmanuel AdebayoGlobal Windows Infrastructure Engineer - ConsultantCommented:
Change your printer settings to print in draft quality printing, this will make the printing not to use the normal printing ink quality.

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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Hi Emmanuel,
Where do I change that setting? Is it a Windows parameter? Or something in my printer config?
Thanks!
Emmanuel AdebayoGlobal Windows Infrastructure Engineer - ConsultantCommented:
In your printer settings, check the properties. The location of this depends on your printer.

What printer model are you using?
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Canon:  MG3520
Thanks!
Emmanuel AdebayoGlobal Windows Infrastructure Engineer - ConsultantCommented:
I'm not used to that printer but you can check the ECO setting on the properties of the printer.
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Ok, I went into Properties but cannot find the setting. I called Canon and am waiting for them to get back to me. Thanks.
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
OK. I found a setting, but will need to try it later as I need to buy a new ink cartridge.
 In Win 8.1
1. Choose CONTROL PANEL.
2. Choose DEVICES AND PRINTERS.
3. (Right Click) CANON MG3500 SERIES PRINTER.
4. Choose PRINTING PREFERENCES.

CanonDraftSetting.jpg
5. Change PRINT QUALITY to Draft.
6. Click OK.
7. Close the DEVICES AND PRINTERS Window.

Will get back to you later once I try printing.

Thanks,
Steve
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
OK, I tried it. It's hard to tell if the DRAFT setting makes a difference - it looks a LITTLE lighter, maybe.

Is the above all I should expect?

In any event, I will keep this question open as I'd still appreciate any suggestions as to a "light" font.

Thanks,
Steve
DrTribosCommented:
Arial Narrow would be my choice - printed in draft mode of course!
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
DrTibos

Arial Narrow it is! Thanks! (I will also make reduce the font size and the left/right margins).
Thanks!
DrTribosCommented:
No worries 😊
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
@DrTribos:

Will assign points soon. .Just waiting on confirmation on the other part of the question from Emmanuel.

Thanks!
crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and ProgrammingCommented:
I find Arial narrow extremely hard to read ... before you use it for a bunch of pages, you might want to see if you like it.  

Fonts with "Light" in their name are lighter ... like Calibri Light.  You should also peruse fonts that Windows makes available that you did not install.
crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and ProgrammingCommented:
There is also something called Ecofont, which was designed to save ink.  It has tiny holes in the letters but not big enough for someone to really notice them.  It is like Arial but uses 25% less ink.
DrTribosCommented:
Crystal - interesting about ecofont, never heard of it.  In defence of Arial Narrow, it does fit a lot of words on a page and uses thin lines so probably uses even less ink. Readability well, that (to a degree) involves a bit of preference   😀

Draft mode has (in some printers at least) been reported to use more ink... but this is remembering back to my Epson color stylus 400c... and I'm not sure how it performed in draft 😀
crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and ProgrammingCommented:
thanks, DrTribos. Garamond is also a low ink font and surprisingly, Times New Roman doesn't use much ink.

For less paper, line spacing can also be tightened.
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks, everyone.

Arial Narrow turned out fine, in terms of readability with size=10. I also reduced the left/right margins to NARROW, and eliminated page breaks between "days" in my novel. Result was almost 40% reduction in pages...293 to 176! :)
DrTribosCommented:
Excellent!
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
@Emmanuel: Per my comment:
OK, I tried DRAFT. It's hard to tell if the DRAFT setting makes a difference - it looks a LITTLE lighter, maybe.

Is the above all I should expect?


Any thoughts?

Thanks!
crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and ProgrammingCommented:
Draft is a little lighter.  Some printers actually let you set the dots.  Back then, I was using a printer that was 600x600 and draft was 300x300, so 1/4th the dots, and barely noticeable!

To save money on ink, I highly recommend a laser printer.  I used to use inkjet to have the option of color but realized that I usually printed in black and white.  I got a Brother laser for about 80 on sale (it is also duplex) and my ink cost went from a few hundred a year to less than a hundred.
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Crystal. Something to keep in mind.
crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and ProgrammingCommented:
you're welcome, Stephen ~
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Hi, everyone.

Waiting to hear back from the mods. I found a typo in an instruction set I posted in an earlier comment...but looks like I'm not allowed to edit it.

Thanks,
Steve
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
OK, the mods fixed it. :)  Need to review thread one more time. Hope to do so Monday
Thanks.
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Fine with me! Thanks for the heads-up! :)
Steve
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