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Using Copy Paper With Holes


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#1 Davide

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 08:24 PM

Some months ago I turned in an empty ink cartridge at an office-supply store & was given a free pack of "recycled copy paper." Only later did I realize that each sheet had 3 holes punched along one side, enabling it to be put into a loose-leaf binder.
My only problem is that when I print something, some of the ink is obviously sprayed into the 3 holes & ends up someplace inside my printer. If I keep using this "holy" paper, will I mess up my HP all-in-one printer?

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 08:38 PM

Why not just adjust the text's margins/format?
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Posted 17 May 2006 - 11:13 AM

Hi jgweed,

When I asked May 9th about how to deal with "Using Copy Paper with Holes", i.e. whether stray ink would possibly hurt my printer, you suggested that I adjust the margins or format (presumably to "shrink" the area to be printed, so no ink would get sprayed into the holes).

I'm not all that PC savvy. I know how to adjust margins/format if I'm typing a document in Word, but please tell me exactly how to do this (shrink the "footprint" to avoid the holes) when I have, say, a newspaper story I want to print.

Thanks, Davide

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 02:50 PM

Try copying and pasting the news article into MS word then reformating the text to avoid the holes.

BTW, yes, the stray ink will harm your printer. It chances leaking onto the rollers, which might cause them to not work properly and end up grabbing more paper than needed, or not grabbing paper, or not feeding it correctly. The "stray" ink could also gob up and cause other problems within the printer, including smudging on the back of the paper that you're printing.

I hope that this isn't regular note paper that you're using (like from a school binder or something), because the paper isn't thick enough to absorb all the ink, and it will also spread out more causing it to print in what appears to be a rather low quality (the ink spreads when it hits paper, aka dot gain). Also, this type of paper has more lint than printer paper...more lint means that you're rollers will get dirtier faster causing more problems.

Sorry to interject here! Just trying to help!

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