See More Works for Me Wednesday

Here's a tip to save paper when you want to print a multi-page document, like an e-book:

Print four pages to a sheet, double-sided.

I can't give exact instructions, as it'll be slightly different depending on your printer, but you'll probably be able to find a "layout" or "page setup" setting where you can change the number of pages printed to a sheet.  If you choose four pages to a sheet, you can print a 100 page e-book on 25 pieces of paper.

If you're willing to experiment a little, you can go a step further by printing double-sided.  To get this to work, you need to be able to choose the "layout direction."  For example:

  • Horizontal: Page 1 will go on the upper-left of the sheet.  Page 3 on the upper-right.  Page 5 lower-left.  Page 7 lower-right.
  • Horizontal-Reversed: Page 2 on upper-right.  Page 4 on upper-left.  Page 6 on lower right.  Page 8 on lower-left.
Clear as mud?  Here's how it will look.  You first print the odd pages with the horizontal layout:

Then you put those pages back in the printer (with the correct orientation, depending on your printer) and print the even pages on the other side:

If you like, you can then cut apart the pages, hole punch them, and use book rings to make your own little book.  Here's an e-book I printed a while back:

This will take some experimenting.  Once you figure out how to do it with your printer, definitely write it down so you'll remember for next time!  You'll be able to print a 100 page document using only 13 pieces of paper!  (Or 25, if you don't want to mess with double-sided printing.)

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14 Responses

  1. Angie Says:

    Great idea! I just hate it when I use up so much paper for an e-book or the like. I printed out a 68 page one the other day, but I was happy to at least print it all on scrap paper.

  2. UKZoe Says:

    I find some ebooks have such small text that if you go 4 pages to a sheet they come out way too small to read easily. I usually go for 2 pages a sheet and double sided.

  3. The Real Me! Says:

    So many ebooks so little paper! lol. That is one of the big reasons why I still have so many unprinted ebooks.I will have to experiment with this. Thanks for the tip.

  4. This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Melissa Says:

    I love that idea! It gets a bit trickier at my age, though, because I can't read the small print! :)

  6. Kate Says:

    Small print is definitely something to consider, in which case the method UKZoe mentioned would be the way to go: two pages per sheet, double-sided. Doing it this way, you'd use 1/4 the number of sheets as opposed to 1/8. This also makes printing easier, as you don't have to mess with horizontal/horizontal-reversed.

    If you print two pages per sheet, it's the right size for a standard planner. At four pages per sheet, it's just so darn cute! :)

  7. Great tip! I really need to print a couple and this will come in handy!

  8. kim Says:

    Wonderful idea! Thank you very much for working the numbering out - it worked perfectly :)

  9. Kate Says:

    I'm glad it worked, Kim! I'm glad to know I explained it properly. =)

  10. Just blog hopping tonight and enjoyed reading your blog...I am posting on our Disney trip so hope you will stop by. Also, the June giveaway starts today...all comments left in June will be in the drawing for the "June Card Box"! You will have to go down a few posts to read about the monthly giveaway.

  11. Jenny Says:

    that is awesome! i missed this weeks WFMW cause I have nothing to share. LOL but yours is pretty good :)

  12. Kate Says:

    Glad you like it Jenny. I love reading everyone's WFMW tips!

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