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How to configure your printer for quick draft printing

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There are many different reasons why we decided to create this quick draft tutorial. One of the strongest ones is, of course, saving you and us some money, which can certainly be accomplished by configuring your printer in this particular way, since the printer will spend about 30% less ink than usual.

However, you must keep in mind your printing quality will go down about the same percentage, and your printer could jam paper much more often.

We strongly recommend you keep from using this configuration in printers that are working with refilled ink cartridges, since they already diminish page yield and printing quality on their own. You should also make sure you’re using the proper type of ink for your ink cartridges, since they’re usually working with the wrong one.

If you wish to learn the differences between dyed and pigmented inks, please click on this link to read the post we’ve created about them. You could still choose to print in quick draft mode after refilling your ink cartridges, but you must refill them with the adequate ink type.

Some other features you should consider when setting your printer in quick draft mode to save ink is to print in Grayscale only. We do recommend you use this option on your own printer, but please avoid printing colorful images or documents with it.

In this post, we will show you two different ways of configuring your printer and setting it in quick draft mode. The first one is meant to teach you how to make it print every single document like this, and the second one will show you how to print individual documents in quick draft mode without affecting your general printing configurations.

Personally, we recommend you use the second option, since quick draft mode can affect color print quality, and the images and words may not be set on the paper sheet as well as they could.

You should always keep in mind all printers are different, and that this configuration may vary on each separate one. This is why we recommend you use your printer’s own user manual, which you can get in the original packaging it came with or on the brand’s official website.

Test sheet printing configuration for all documents on a single printer:

Step #1:
As usual, go to the start menu on your computer; it’s logo must look like this if you’re using windows XP on your computer. If you need help identifying your OS and OS version, please click here to read the post we’ve created regarding this subject.

Step #2:
If you’re using windowsXP on your computer, please click on control panel. If, on the other hand, you’re using more modern versions like windows vista or windows7, click on printing devices, located on the right side of the start menu.

Step #3:
Now, locate the printer you’re going to use for this process. The last two steps will take you here and allow you to select the printer you want to use.

Step #4:
Right-click on the printer of your choosing.

Step #5:
After this has been done, click on printer Preferences, which is usually the third option displayed in this new menu.

Step #6:
If you’re using an HP printer, look for the Paper and Printing Quality option. If you’re using another brand, you may reach this option by browsing the entire menu and looking for a print quality option.

On canon printer, for example, you will need to click on print quality, and then on quick draft. Here’s a picture that will show you how to set the quick draft mode on HP printers.
fast draft printer menu
fast draft printer menu
Step #7:
Now, if you need to print using only the black ink cartridge, don’t forget to click on Color and select the Grayscale option.
final configuration
final configuration
Step #8:
This will have configured your printer to produce quick drafts only. If you wish to change this in the future, repeat this entire procedure and choose the Normal Printing Quality on the menu instead. If you need help with this procedure, please contact us by leaving a comment in the section below this post, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

How to print a few documents in your printer in quick draft mode:

As we’ve mentioned before, you will need to know how to set this printing mode on different occasions, and choose which documents you want to save some ink on. Your printer will go back to regular printing mode after you’re done printing all the files you chose to have this way.

Step #1:
First, you will need a text processing software, of course. In our case, we used microsoft office, but you can also use open office by linux, the two most-used programs of this sort. However, you could print a document online.

Step #2:
Once we’ve asked our computer to print this document, our operating system will display a printer configuration window where we can modify certain things, such as how we want this particular document to look.

Step #3:
Now that this window is on our screen, we must click on printing preferences. This will take us to another window, which will probably look like this.
assistance for print photos
assistance for print photos
Step #4:
Finally, we’ll click on printing preferences and repeat the former procedure. In this case, we must select the print quality option on our canon printer menu, and then click on quick draft and accept to confirm this procedure.
location must be selected
location must be selected
Step #5:
Now that these steps have been executed, our printer will reproduce this document and make it look like a quick draft. This, however, will not affect future print and isn’t being set as our regular printing mode. If you need any help with this tutorial, please contact us by leaving a comment in the section below this post.

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