Toner cartridges for laser printers can be expensive. Fortunately on most laser printers, there are ways to print that conserve toner. Users of the LaserJet 1200 printer have the option to enable or disable EconoMode through the printer settings. EconoMode conserves toner by using only about one half as much when compared to standard printer settings. EconoMode is great for printing drafts and documents that don't need to be high-quality, crisp copies. Knowing how and when to switch between standard mode and EconoMode can help people conserve toner and reduce their overall printing costs. Standard mode is the default setting in your printer driver.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- PC or Mac computer
Double-click on your printer icon at the bottom right corner of your desktop or by accessing the "Printer" icon in your computer's control panel.
Click on "Printer" at the top left corner of the printer window and click "Properties" from the drop-down menu.
Click on the button that reads "Printing Preferences," then click on the "Finishing" tab.
Locate the section of the window that has the print quality settings. Uncheck the box next to where it says "EconoMode" to disable the EconoMode setting. Click the "Apply" tab followed by the "OK" button to close the printer settings window.
Disabling EconoMode in PC computers:
Select "Chooser" from the Apple menu.
Click on the "Laser Writer" followed by the "HP LaserJet 1200 series" icons. Click on "Setup" to access the printer driver settings.
Select "Imaging Options" from the print quality menu to change the EconoMode setting. Uncheck "EconoMode " to disable the setting.
Disabling EconoMode on Mac computers:
Tips and warnings
- Consider keeping your printer in EconoMode for general use to extend the life of your toner cartridge. Disable EconoMode temporarily when you need dark, crisp prints.
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