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Well, not literally at least. And paper costs money, duh, and that isn’t littering the ground these days either. Here’s how to tread more lightly on the forest (besides just buying recycled paper) while saving some sawbucks too.
>> Double up. It's easy to print more than one page on each sheet of paper, and works especially well for things that are typed large anyway, like Keynote or PowerPoint presentations with their big old bullet points. In the Print dialog, select Layout from the drop-down menu, and change the Pages Per Sheet from 1 to 2 (for text documents), or even 4 (bulleted presentations).
Not for the squinty.
>> Get duplex. If you're in the market for a new printer, look for one that can do two-sided printing. Otherwise, you can print on both sides of the page by printing the odd-numbered pages of your document first, then flipping those over and printing the even-numbered pages on the back.
>> Trim the fluff. Make sure your document won't print with a blank or nearly blank page at the end. When printing from webpages, click the Preview button in the Print dialog and check out your document—maybe the last sheet is just legalese and footers you don't need, or maybe everything you want is on page 2 and you don't need pages 1 or 3 at all. In text documents, take a second to delete blank lines from the bottom before printing to avoid a phantom blank page at the end. (Of course, those blank sheets can go right back in the printer. We've actually witnessed people merely recycle them, which is better than trashing ’em or giving paper cuts to baby seals, but still...)
>> Just the good parts. Microsoft Word lets you easily print just parts of the document by selecting the text and then in the Print dialog's Copies & Pages section, clicking the radio button for Selection. Only the text you've selected will print (remember you can select non-adjacent text by holding down the Command button).
Pick and choose exactly which passages you want printed. We wish this worked in Pages.
>> Use up paper! Start tossing envelopes and paper that's only marked on one side in a scrap-paper bin, so you'll have a ready supply when you need to jot down a quick note. We know one person who prints one-page meeting handouts for her job (agendas, calendars, things like that) on the blank sides of already-used paper salvaged from the recycling bin, and you know what? No one's ever complained.
>> Don’t print. Of course, the best way to save paper is not to print at all. Note-taking apps like Evernote (free, www.evernote.com) and Yojimbo ($39, www.barebones.com) give you a place to save information from the Web, PDFs, text files, and images so you DON'T have to print them and file them for later. Plus, everything is searchable so you don't have to worry about misfiled papers disappearing into your filing cabinet to never be heard from again. And we've given this tip before, but it never hurts to repeat: Every Mac app that prints can print to PDF, no additonal software needed. Just click the PDF button in the Print dialog and choose Save As PDF. (For tips on organizing your PDF library with iTunes or Yep, visit www.maclife.com/article/manage_pdfs)
Cross-platform, super-awesome Evernote lets you sync info between its Mac, Windows and iPhone apps, and log in from any browser.