Alternatives to Printing

As an effort to conserve resources for both the college and the planet, the library encourages users to seek alternatives to printing their documents. Here are a couple of ideas with instructions.

Save to a USB flash drive

Windows XP or Windows 7

From Inside a Program

  1. Insert flash drive into an open USB port. Most flash drives are "plug and play", depending on the manufacturer and the computer settings. Windows recognizes the flash drive and a balloon will pop-up stating that "Your new hardware is installed and ready to use". Do not use the drive until you see that pop-up balloon. After Windows recognizes your flash drive, it is assigned a drive letter.
    In case the auto-play is turned off on your computer, select the "My Computer" icon from the desktop and select your flash drive
  2. To save a file from inside a Microsoft office program such as Word, PowerPoint or Excel, select File -> "Save" OR File -> "Save As...".
  3. Select your drive either at the drop-down box at the top of the Save dialog or by selecting My Computer on the left hand menu. It will most likely be titled Removable Disk X: (Where X is the letter mentioned earlier) or it may be titled by the company that sells the drive.
  4. Double-click on the drive to open its directory, then name and save the file as desired. If you do not see your Flash Disk Drive Letter in the Save in menu:
    1. Select My Computer from the Save in menu.
    2. Select the Flash Drive Letter.
    3. Click the Open Button.
    4. Choose a File Name.
    5. Choose the type of document.
    6. Click the Save Button.
  5. When finished, click on the icon in the system tray at the bottom right of your screen and follow the instructions to eject or safely remove your hardware.
  6. Remove the USB drive from the USB port after safely ejecting.

Using Microsoft Explorer

  1. Insert flash drive into an open USB port. Most flash drives are "plug and play". Windows recognizes the flash drive and a balloon will pop-up stating that "Your new hardware is installed and ready to use". Do not use the drive until you see that pop-up balloon. After Windows recognizes your flash drive, it is assigned a drive letter.
  2. Save the file:
    1. Select the files from other folders you want to save to the flash drive. Right-click on your file that you want to save, select Send To... and then select your flash drive.OR
    2. Select the file(s) from other folders you want to save to the flash drive. Drag and drop the file(s) into the flash drive folder. The file(s) should now be displayed in the flash drive. Continue in this fashion until all the files you wish to transfer to the flash drive are added.
    Note: The Explorer method only saves a copy of the file to your drive; it will not move the original file.
  3. Make sure you quit all savable applications such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel before ejecting the flash drive.
  4. Eject the flash drive as described in step 5 above.
  5. Remove the USB drive from the USB port after safely ejecting.

Save to Cloud Storage

Users have many options for saving files to secure file hosting web sites. These sites allows users to upload files that can then be accessed over the internet from a different computer (or any device that can connect to the web) after a password or other authentication is provided. You may already have an account with one of these free services. If not, all it takes is an email account and a minute.

To use any of these, just log in using any web browser and find the button with the plus sign ("+") to start uploading files.

Email to yourself

  1. Log in to your email account, either your Goodwin account or a personal one.
  2. Start a new message.
  3. Enter your own email address in the "To:" field.
  4. Make the subject something that will be easy to find in your inbox. Something like "Research Paper Due FRIDAY!!!" is better than "School" or "(no subject)".
  5. Drag and drop the file(s) into the body of the message, or find the attach button—it might look like a paper clip.
  6. Send.
  7. Wait a minute or so, then refresh your inbox and make sure you received the email.