How to Choose Printer Paper - dummies

How to Choose Printer Paper

There’s really no such thing as a typical sheet of printer paper. Printer paper comes in different sizes, weights (degrees of thickness), colors, styles, and textures. Printer paper can, however, be divided into a few general groups:

  • General-purpose paper: The best general-purpose printer paper to get is standard photocopier paper.

  • Inkjet paper: If you want good results from your inkjet printer, get specific inkjet paper (although you have to pay more for that paper). The higher-quality inkjet paper is really good for printing colors; the paper is specially designed to absorb the ink well.

  • Specialty papers: Such as photographic papers that come in smooth or glossy finishes, transparencies, and iron-on T-shirt transfers. Just ensure that the paper you get is made for your type of printer — inkjet or laser.

  • Large-size paper: Some printers are capable of handling larger-size paper, such as legal or tabloid sizes. If so, make sure that you load the paper properly and tell your application that you’re using a different-size sheet of paper.

    The File→Page Setup command is responsible for selecting paper size.

Avoid thick papers because they get jammed inside the printer. (They can’t turn corners well.) And avoid using erasable bond and other fancy dusted papers in your printer. These papers have talcum powder coatings that gum up the works.