Welcome to our Better than Printing weekly tips
Tip #1: PDF annotation
Better than Printing Tip of the week: Did you know you can highlight & make notes right on your PDF files?
Tip #2: Microsoft Word Track Changes
Use MS Word markup tools like "Track Changes." And did you know, you can also record audio comments and imbed them into your Word docs?
- A quick tutorial document (made by someone else)
- Here's a video explaining how it can be used for teacher/student feedback (again, not made by us)
Tip #3 Share documents and papers easily with Google Drive
Google Drive makes it easy to share and collaborate on documents and papers.
- In case you didn't know: how to share using Google Drive.
- Real-time collaboration, it's where it's at!
Tip #4 Google Drive comments & revisions
Use Comments and markup tools for convenient peer editing in Google Drive
- Google Drive: Comments, revision, and markup
- More on Google Drive revision history (from Google)
- More on Comments in Google Drive (also from Google)
Tip #5 PrintWhatYouLike.com can reduce paper usage
Use services like Printwhatyoulike.com This resource allows you to exclude elements of web pages to print only the stuff you need.
Tip #6: Use Netfiles to store reading material
Save your documents on your Personal Share (Netfiles) so you can access them from anywhere for reading & markup.
Tip #7: Save articles in RefWorks.
Refworks allows you to keep track of and organize your citations and documents; you may also continue to use RefWorks after you graduate!
- For more information about creating an account and using RefWorks check out the handy guides from our librarians:
Tip #8: Listen to database resources.
Many journal articles listed in databases such as Ebsco are available in audio format...look for the microphone icon to listen to an article instead of reading it.
Tip #9: Improve reading on a computer screen
Reading articles and books on a computer screen? Things like glare, contrast, and scrolling constantly cause eyestrain quickly.
Adjusting light-sources nearby, dialing-down the whites in your monitor, and using tools to hide all the distracting parts of web articles can all help improve reading experiences on laptop/computer monitors. Check out these links for more details.
Bonus: Did you know lots of e-reader Apps (like Kindle) have settings to invert colors etc to help reduce eyestrain?
Tip#10 Did you know? You can print multiple PowerPoint slides on one handout page.
Instructions for shrinking down your presentation slides to fit on fewer pages
Tip #11 Did you know: Did You Know? WUPrint will always default to double-sided unless you force it to single-sided through the Advanced Options.
It doesn't matter what you set in your printing preferences. WUPrint will always default your print jobs to double-sided. If you need to change any particular job to be single-sided you can do so in the advanced options of WUPrint.
Tip #12 Condense your images. Shrink your photos or reduce Dots per Inch (DPI).
Large images can slow down your printing and waste paper on drafts. Here are some tips to help reduce waste and speed up printing.
Use placeholders for your images until your final drafts. Not only will it save a ton of paper but it can help you focus on the flow of the words and transitions.
Crop and shrink your image to 8.5 x 11 inches which is standard page size. Inserting an image that is larger will take up unnecessary space and will ultimately slow printing. http://www.photoshopessentials.com/essentials/image-resizing/
If you have high resolution images (DPI -- dots per inch), save them at lower resolution. One way is to use Photoshop to change your DPI. Copy your image, then open Photoshop, and click File and new. A box will open in which you can change your DPI. We recommend 75 DPI. Photoshop is available on all campus computer labs.