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Why Ink Cartridge Expiry Dates Matter

why-ink-cartridge-expiry-dates-matterLike many other liquid products, your printer’s ink cartridges and toner cartridges have a shelf life. This is precisely why they have expiration dates labeled on them. In the same way that an ink pen at the tail end of its life produces lines that fade in and out or, the ink stops coming out altogether despite the appearance of ink still inside the pen - the same sort of thing happens with an expired printer ink cartridge.    

When an ink cartridge dries up and expires, the ink typically dries up in the cartridge head. This clogs the ink, not allowing it to get through or can also lead the ink to leak and create uneven, unsightly patterns.

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Christmas Printing Ideas: Free Templates!

christmas-2015-printables-free-templatesWith the holiday season fast approaching it can get hectic between parties, planning, preparing, remembering who you need to get gifts for, finding the gifts, and the whole other laundry list of things that need to get done.

Our printers are the last thing we’re thinking of but, it’s this very household item that could help to ease some holiday stress by providing you with some things that you would otherwise have to pick up at the ever so busy stores/malls.

Whether you need gift tags, greeting cards, advent calendars, photos or artwork, your printer can do the job.

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Different Printer Paper Types

printer-paper-typesBuying paper didn’t always seem so complicated. There was a standard type of paper that worked for printers and that was that. Today, most current printer models have the capacity to print on a variety of paper types and different types of media. While there are plenty of specialty media types, for ex. iron-on transfers, stickers and labels, even traditional paper comes in an assortment of types these days.

The type of paper you use can tailor the output of your print job to meet your specific needs. With a little information, you can expand your printing and move beyond boring plain prints if and when the occasion calls for it. 

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Save Money on Printer Ink By Changing Your Font

save-money-on-printer-inkLast year, a 14 year old discovered how to save the US government $136 million per year in printing costs. How? Via a science fair project of course.

6th grader Suvir Mirchandani noticed the increasing number of printed handouts he received daily in his classes and then took it upon himself to figure out how his school could reduce their printer ink consumption. By conducting a series of experiments comparing typefaces and the amount of ink used, he discovered that by simply switching from Times New Roman to Garamond, his school district could save as much as $21,000 per year in ink costs.

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Preventative Paper Care Tips

preventative-paper-care-tipsYour printer and paper supply go hand in hand, without paper – how are you going print?

Taking care to properly store your paper minimizes the risk of infuriating paper jams and also ensures that your documents print at their highest quality. By taking a few simple precautions, you can rest assured that your paper is in the best condition to print. While some of these tips may seem obvious, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the improvement they can make in your printing process: 

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What To Do When Your Printer is Offline

what-to-do-when-a-printer-is-offlineIt’s frustrating when you go to print a document and then it looks like it’s queuing up but instead a pop up window says that your printer is ‘offline’. Huh, now what? There a number of reasons why your printer can go offline from connectivity issues to a powered down printer but fortunately, with a couple clicks in Windows you can usually get it back online. Other times, a few more troubleshooting steps are required to get you there. Here they are:

Step 1

Reboot your printer but turning it off and then turning it back on again. Give it the time it needs to finish booting, usually a minute or two.

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