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How to Set Your HP Printer to Default Economical Mode

For any of you owning one of the new range of HP DeskJet printers, like the D4260, and frustrated that it keeps printing out in Normal ink-guzzling mode, however many times you change it in the print dialog box to a more economical setting here’s how to set it so it ALWAYS prints out in more economical mode.

Find your printer in the Printer section of the Control Panel. (In Vista and Seven just type Printers in the Start Menu and select Devices and Printers. Right click and select Properties:


In the Advanced tab, select Printing Defaults..:


Select Fast/Economical Printing and switch Pages per sheet: to 2 pages per sheet (if you want):


Click OK and then, in the Properties window, OK again.

Now your printer settings should be permanent. (Nothing with HP is ever permanent so you may find these settings overwritten at some point.)

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