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Quick Tip – Cut That Excess

Need to cut some excess from your life?paper

While you may be familiar with Beth’s Paper Peeve and my co-workers apologize each time they print a doc… but no longer fear!  An easy gesture such as shrinking your margins (I recommend .5″ on all sides ) on computer printouts will save your printer (and co-workers)  pages.

Word 2007 even has an easy default:

  • Go to the “Page Layout” ribbon
  • Click the “Margins”  dropdown
  • Select “Narrow”.

You’ll be amazed at how much more info you can fit & trees you can save!  (One study by Change the Margins says if you change your margins to .75″ on all sides, you can reduce paper by 4.75% – saving 1.14 trees per ton of paper. If the whole US changed their margins, we’d save 6,156,000 trees every year just by a small change.)

Posted by Julie

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Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

3 thoughts on “Quick Tip – Cut That Excess

  1. Great idea! I work at a large organization and our administration gave out small paper recycle bins to each individual for their desks. I go through a lot of paper during a work week (sadly), but at least I can recycle what I don’t need.

  2. very good idea! Easy to do, good savings, and it’s a lot easier to handle and read 3 pages than 4. when you’re making hand outs for a meeting, consider trying this.

  3. Wow, who would’ve thought? We should petition Microsoft to get their default margins changed!

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