The standard advice for trimming printing expenses still applies: Print in “draft mode,” if you can. Use both sides of a page, and do a print preview to make sure you’re not printing pages with useless text. Using an ink-saving font is just one more technique to consider.
And the greenest way to save on ink is not to print at all.
That’s the philosophy Microsoft Corp. said it uses in deciding which fonts to include in its Outlook and Word applications. The more pleasing a font looks on the screen, the less tempted someone will be to print, said Simon Daniels, a program manager for Microsoft’s typography group.
That’s why the company changed its defaults in Office 2007 from Arial and Times New Roman to Calibri and Cambria, he said.
“We’re trying to move the threshold of when people hit the print button,” he said.