April 24, 2008
This Thing About Default Margins
This is too funny. Apparently a fourth grade class is trying to get the world to change paper margins to save paper. I still can't figure out how to make my default margins .5 rather than the 1.5 that Word forces me into, so I've been decreasing my margins manually for I don't know how many years. It seems as if I need to create a template to do that which is frankly counterintuitive.
There's actually a website called Change the Margins.
The intro goes a bit like this:
I've always tried to save paper.
Not because I was an environmental revolutionary.
But because I was poor.
I had to laugh because I think my original reason for decreasing margins was in fact the same exact reason. Instead of printing off 25 pages, decreasing margins meant 18 pages instead, which not only saved paper costs but cartridge ink as well, or at least that's what I told myself even though it doesn't make a lot of sense.
Narrower margin settings = more text/page = less paper used, she writes.
And now, years later, a light bulb goes off and it becomes an environmental benefit as well, particularly if everyone defaults to smaller margins.
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Yes, but what about all those students trying to fluff out an 8 page paper to a 10 page paper? =D
Posted by: ShortWoman | Apr 24, 2008 6:46:08 PM
HA - good point. I remember those days. It's the American way. You think those longer puffier reports will be more likely to earn you an A. In Europe, its the opposite. Say more with less.
Posted by: Renee Blodgett | Apr 24, 2008 7:41:42 PM