Reader Matthew sent us the following suggestion:
When you buy something online and the site says “Print this receipt page for your records” print it to the PDF printer instead of paper. You can print it out later if you must, and you have it as a record of your order number or parcel tracking number.
Matthew’s suggestion is terrific especially since you don’t need to have a full version of Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional to print to PDF.
On a Mac, go to File > Print, and then click on the PDF button in the lower left hand corner of the pop-up window. The PDF print software comes installed.
On a PC, download and install CutePDF Writer. The program is free and allows you to print straight to PDF through the print function.
On a Linux box, you’ll want to set up a CUPS open printer installation. And, as is the beauty of open source, it’s also free.
Thank you, Matthew, for your suggestion of another way to keep paper from cluttering up our offices!