Before Hitting the Print Button

By Staff

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<span class=”q”>At half an inch, it’s a small idea, but if everyone did it, we could save acres of forests. And it’s as simple as clicking a few buttons on a Word document before sending it to the printer. Specifically, <a href=”http://www.changethemargins.com/” target=”_blank”>Change the Margins</a> is campaigning for individuals, companies, and universities to reduce standard paper margins to 0.75 inch. (The default margin on a Microsoft Word document is 1.25 inches.) The idea began when the campaign’s founder reduced her own margins to save money on paper. Implemented on a much larger scale, this simple step could make a big impact on paper usage over time, especially if large corporations and universities sign on.</span>
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<span class=”q”>Here’s how to change your margins in Microsoft Word:</span> Go to File and click on Page Setup. Using the arrows, decrease top, bottom, and side margins to .75″. Click “Default.” Click “yes” to make these your standard margin settings.  <br />
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<span class=”q”>For more information and an interview with the founder of Change the Margins, check out <a href=”http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14210150″>this story</a> from National Public Radio.</span>
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<span class=”q”>(Thanks,<i>
<a href=”http://feeds.goodmagazine.com/section/Features/paper_saving” target=”_blank”>Good</a>.</i>)</span>
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<span class=”q”>–<a title=”Sarah Pumroy” href=”https://www.utne.com/bios/utne-reader-interns.aspx”>
<em>Sarah Pumroy</em>
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