Printing: Straight Talk

The latest ebook from is a little different, it’s a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to our Office Watch donors.

Peter and Victor have again been quite astonished and humbled by the generosity of readers to our reader appeal.  Both the money and kind remarks have been a considerable morale boost quite beyond the practical help that the funds will be.

Printing: Straight Talk

Printing: Straight Talk is the latest ebook from  Get more from your printer using software you have or is free. Making booklets and posters with the software you have, other innovative things to print.  A lot about saving money on printing; ink, toner and paper.   Tips for choosing a printer.

As usual, won’t just give you the official, overly simplistic, line.  We go beyond that to explain how software really works – that’s the ‘Straight Talk’ of the title.

Printing isn’t always as simple as many companies pretend but it’s not that difficult either. There are many powerful options available in the software you have.

Quite often there’s more than one way to get the result you want.  We’ll show you the options available so you can choose the one that works best for you.


As a ‘Thank You’ to donors we’ve published Printing: Straight Talk as a ‘Gracias Gift’ to all donors. often gets questions from readers about printing and the tricks by printer makers to make more money.  Printing: Straight Talk is a collection of help and advice from over two decades of

Only available by donating to the Office Watch reader appeal.

How to get Printing: Straight Talk

As a ‘Thank You’ to donors we’re publishing Printing: Straight Talk as a ‘Gracias Gift’ to our donors.

From today, anyone donating to fundraising drive will get a link to download Printing: Straight Talk as a PDF to keep.

The ebook isn’t sold via our usual ebook store. It’s an exclusive ‘Thank You’ to our donors.

Printing: Straight Talk – Contents

Better Printer Software

  • Don’t accept Windows / Mac defaults

Clever Printing

  • Double-sided printing
  • Posters
  • Watermarks
  • Speciality Papers
  • Templates


  • Microsoft Word
  • Adobe Reader
  • Printer options
  • Stapling
  • Cover Sheet

Buying Ink / Toner

  • Planning ahead
  • With a new printer
  • XL options
  • Buying online
  • Original or 3rd party
  • Refilling
  • Makers tricks
  • Our advice

Buying Paper

  • Branded Paper warning
  • Standard Letter / A4
  • Colored paper
  • Photo paper
  • Business Cards
  • Stickers and Labels
  • Name Tags
  • Table / Tent Cards
  • Tags
  • Paper Terminology around the globe

Saving Money on Printing

  • Selective Printing
  • Page Selection tricks
  • Many pages – one sheet
  • Why print at all?
  • Power saving

Choosing a printer

  • Inkjet vs Laser
  • Black only vs color
  • Paper size
  • Straight Path
  • Connection Method – wired or wireless
  • Speed
  • Scan
  • Fax

Secret printer tracking dots