Fonts That Use Less Ink

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If you want to save money on printer ink or toner, one thing you should try is changing the fonts that you use for printing. Some fonts are thinner, so they naturally use less ink. You need to choose typefaces carefully, however, using fonts that are also easy to read and won't cause eyestrain.

Century Gothic

Switch to Century Gothic when you print e-mail or other correspondence. This is a thin, sans-serif font that uses 30% less ink than Arial, a widely used sans-serif font.


Ecofont was designed specifically to save ink. Each letter has a series of tiny holes, but these holes are not visible when you print out a document typed in this font. Ecofont is a sans-serif font that resembles Arial, except it uses 25% less ink. This font is also narrower than Century Gothic, so it will also help you use less paper.


If you are writing a long essay or article that you intend to print out, set the font in your word processor to Garamond. This serif font is easier on the eyes if you are reading a document longer than just a paragraph or two.


Courier and Courier New are based on the look of the font used on old-fashioned strike-key typewriters. These fonts were designed to use as little ink as possible, so people would not have to change out their typewriter ribbons as often. They still serve the purpose of using less ink on modern-day computers.

Times New Roman

Times New Roman is another good choice for printing articles and essays. This font is often used to print mass-marketed books because it is easy to read but is still easy on ink. The ink coverage for this font is 3.54%, which is much less compared to a font like Franklin Gothic Medium which has a coverage of 5.52%.

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