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Why a PDF Printer should be your default printer

The convenience of 'Quick Print' comes at a great cost (both to yourself and the environment). If you ever accidentally hit that shortcut, the document is immediately sent to the default printer. If your default printer happens to be a physical printer that's connected to your network or your computer directly, there goes valuable paper and ink churning out pages and pages of a document you never wanted to print, and you probably will trash or shred anyway.

Indeed, I had once been working on a Java source code file in Eclipse and I accidentally clicked the Print button in the toolbar. (Why a source code editor would even need a Print button is beyond me.) The entire 1596 lines of source code got sent to the printer and I couldn't even stop it from printing half way. That ended up on 33 pages, and consequently 33 sheets of paper. Now I have this stack of paper on my desk with one particular version of the source code, all printed and 'set in stone'. Since it is …