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How To Change Print Quality to Draft Mode

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Changing print quality to Draft Mode can help save time and ink. It's easy to do--just remember to change it back if you want to print something that looks great. I'll demonstrate using Windows and the Pixma MP530 all-in-one, but it should work much the same in any inkjet printer.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 2 minutes

Here's How:

  1. In Windows, click on the Start button and choose Control Panel.
  2. Choose Printers and Other Hardware from the menu that opens.
  3. Choose View Installed Printers or Fax Printers.
  4. On the window that opens, look for your printer's name. Right click on the printer's icon and choose Printing Preferences.
  5. On the Print Quality tab, choose Draft or Fast (varies depending on the printer).
  6. If you want to conserve your color ink, choose Grayscale Printing on the same tab (just remember you'll have to uncheck that box if you want to print something in color).
  7. Press OK. That's it; now your printer will automatically print in Draft Mode (and in grayscale, if you chose that option) until you change it back. To change it, simply follow the same instructions and choose Standard for print quality.
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