How to print 100 more pages by changing fonts

Change font save ink

You don’t need us to tell you that printer ink can cost a lot of money. What you might not know is that your ink will go further if you swap the font you use in Word documents. You could even print over 100 more pages by changing font.

According to our expert testing, Verdana produces 10% fewer text-based prints than Arial from a set of cartridges and 44% fewer prints than your new money saving favourite, Times New Roman.

So if you’re about to churn out a report or thesis, wait. Changing your font can have a real impact on the number of prints you get from a set of cartridges.

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Save ink by changing the font

Finding the most frugal fonts

We compared seven popular fonts to see which produced the most copies of our letter from a set of cartridges, giving us more prints for our money.

We used 12pt (point) font size for each, but we downsized Century Gothic and Trebuchet MS to 11.5pt, because at the larger size they’d have caused our one-page letter to spill onto a second page.

Ink savers and ink guzzlers

Times New Roman went the furthest, producing 27% more pages than Arial, which worked out to an extra 114 pages on our Epson Stylus Photo PX650 printer.

By this count, 10 printed pages in Times New Roman cost around 23p in ink, compared with 33p and 36p in Arial and Times New Roman respectively.

Times New Roman, Calibri and Century Gothic were the top three when it came to efficient ink use – all three produced more than 20% more pages than Arial.

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One reply

  1. Printing economically has two sides: paper and ink.
    The savings in ink may need extra paper, depending on the architecture of the font.

    A random 100-page text in Times New Roman 12 (Word 2010):
    needs 108 pages in Calibri 12,
    needs 109 pages in Trebuchet MS 11,5,
    needs 113 pages when printed in Arial 12
    needs 117 pages when printed in Century Gothic 11,5.

    So what you save on ink, you have to spend on paper.

    Considering your research results and my own simulation in Word 2010 of the 100-page text in Times NR 12 leeds me to the conclusion that Times New Roman is the most economical font in terms of ink and paper.
    Unfortunately I find TNR not the prettiest font…

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