At IU, how can I conserve paper in the STCs?
Following are tips to help you conserve paper when using the printers in the Indiana University Student Technology Centers (STCs). Reducing the amount of paper you use is beneficial in a number of ways:
- Printing less conserves natural resources. Each year, nearly 15% of the paper used in STC printers ends up left behind as unwanted pages.
- Using fewer sheets of paper helps you conserve your printing allocation.
- Printing fewer pages helps lower university operating costs.
To help conserve paper in the STCs, try the following:
Read electronic materials online: When your
instructor makes course materials available electronically, consider
reading them online rather than printing them. For portability, you
can also download them to your laptop. Some materials are even
suitable for reading on your mobile device. However, sometimes
instructors prefer that you bring printed copies of materials to class for
collaborative study. If you're not sure, ask your instructor.
Use electronic storage: For portability, you can
store files in cloud storage (using Box, for example) or central systems (such as
My Workspace in Oncourse), or use physical media
such as a USB flash drive, CD, or DVD
(bearing in mind that these can be lost or damaged). You can also
email documents to yourself as attachments and save them to your
personal computer. For more, see At IU, what options do I have for storing my files?
Submit assignments electronically: Ask
instructors to accept assignments electronically (e.g., via
Oncourse, Box, or email).
View document properties: Before printing a
document, verify that the page count is correct. This prevents
printing blank or unwanted pages.
Copy documents to your handheld device: If you
need documents available when you can't access the Internet, copy them
to your tablet, e-reader, or smartphone for easy access.
Avoid printing email and web pages: Read email
and web pages online. If you need to keep a copy, save it to removable
storage media. If you must print documents stored on the web, download
them to your desktop before printing them. This will reduce printing
bottlenecks and errors caused by network delays.
Use an E-Notebook: Services like Evernote.com and
applications like Microsoft OneNote allow you to mark up documents,
make notes, clip and store content from the web, perform keyword
searches through an entire notebook, and access your work from
Decrease font size: If you keep a printout for
your own use, decreasing the font to the smallest legible size may
reduce the number of pages printed.
Use smaller margins: Microsoft Word sets side
margins at 1.25" by default. By changing them to 1" (or smaller if
acceptable to the intended user), you may be able to reduce the number
of pages you print.
Use duplex printing: Duplex printing (two-sided
output) is effective for lengthy material. (This will not save pages
of your printing allocation or reduce your cost of printing, but it
will reduce waste paper.) For more, see About duplex printing in the IUB and IUPUI STCs.
Print multiple pages per side: This will save
your printing allocation or Jagtag dollars as well as
conserve paper, toner, and other printing resources. See About duplex printing in the IUB and IUPUI STCs. If you need to print PowerPoint presentations, print four or
six slides per page; see Microsoft's help document Print
multiple slides on one handout page.
Use print preview: Most applications in the STCs
have a print preview feature that allows you to see how your printed
document will appear so you can catch formatting errors or blank pages
before you print. It's also particularly useful when you're printing
web pages, which are often much longer than they appear to be.
Run spell check: Use your application's spell
checker to reduce mistakes and avoid reprints.
Print only final copies: Instead of printing
draft copies of your work, edit your work online and print only the
- Print just once: Be patient when sending print jobs to STC printers; don't resend the same job multiple times if your output is delayed. Report the problem to the Technology Center Consultant. At IUB, if a consultant is not on site, call 812-855-3802 for assistance; at IUPUI, call 317-274-0779.
Look under "View Detailed Printing Log" to see your printing activity by printer. Select a printer to see each of the print jobs charged against your allotment. Report errors to the Technology Center Consultant. At IUB, if a consultant is not on site, call 812-855-3802 for assistance; at IUPUI, call 317-274-0779.
For more about the UITS Student Technology Centers, including site locations, hours, printing practices, and available software and hardware, see:
Last modified on April 18, 2013.