This evening, I read a really great article that a family member had shared on FaceBook. The article was called “Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions.” It was all about a kid who did a science project about how much toner was used on the main standard fonts that come with all of our computers. His research led him to determine that the default font which is New Times Roman uses more toner than Garamond. They both look very similar, but Garamond is a little thinner. Thus, it uses less ink. This teen determined that it would save his city thousands of dollars simply by changing the font. Then, he went on to figure out what would happen if the US Govt, States, and Cities across America did this, and the results became Millions of Dollars in savings.
After reading the article, my wife asked how she could change the default font in her computer. At her work, they have to print a lot of things and she felt if she knew how to do it that she could bring it back to show everyone in her office. So, I dug into Microsoft Word and found that it really is very easy.
Here are the steps:
1. Open a Blank Document
2. Right-Click and choose [Font] – This opens a new window.
(This can also by going to [Format] [Font] on the toolbar)
3. Change the Font options to “Garamond” and even consider changing the default size to “11” instead. I feel that no one is ever going to notice the difference between 12 pt and 11 pt text. This will save you both ink and paper.
4. Click on [Default…] in the bottom left corner of that window.
5. You will be prompted with a message that says, “Do you want to change the default…” and you will want to say [Yes].
Once you do this, the “Default Font” will be changed from that point on to Garamond which uses less toner. You can always choose a different font while typing the document, so don’t feel like you are stuck with it that way. It just means that when you start typing anything it will give you a font that is cheaper to use.
I also found that most text oriented programs have this built in somewhere. There is almost always a default setting. So, for example, in Excel you simply go to [Tools] [Options] and then the [General] tab to change the font. Most email programs have this sort of thing too. Typically, I found that the setting is in the [Tools] section of your menus.
I hope you consider changing your font!