Print multiple pages on one sheet

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Q. To save paper, I’d like to print multiple pages of my Word documents on one sheet. Is that possible? If so, how do I do that?

A.  Using Word’s Zoom feature, you can print as many as 16 pages on a single sheet of paper. You won’t be able to read the tiny print on the tiny pages, so I’d suggest printing four pages on one sheet if your objective is legible printing.

To do this, with your Word document displayed on screen, click File > Print. In the Zoom section, Select “4 Pages” from the Pages Per Sheet drop-down menu. Make any other print-option selections you wish, then click OK. Zoom will automatically reduce the scale to fit four pages on each sheet.

Even if you don’t use Word, most current printers have the ability to print multiple pages on one sheet. The specific steps vary, but try clicking File > Print > Properties > Finishing tab, if you have it, or look for some advanced settings within your Print Properties screen.

Q.  I thought I was pretty good about keeping my computer clean, but the first time I ran Spyware Doctor, it found 46 spyware programs.  Can you explain how spyware could get on my computer?

A. Spyware, which primarily tracks your online meanderings, can arrive with downloaded programs, from file-sharing music sites, or even games. It can also slither onto your system when you visit certain Web sites or innocently click links created to deliver malware to you.

Many downloaded programs present a User Agreement that must be agreed to before the program can be accessed. Nobody actually reads these agreements, of course, but many such agreements place the user on notice that by agreeing, they are granting permission for what can be considered spyware, adware and related items to be placed on their system.

A three-month audit of more than a million computers, conducted by Earthlink and Webroot Software (makers of SpySweeper), found more than 29.5 million spyware programs or nearly 28 per computer. Eek!

Anyone using the Internet today should use one or more anti-spyware programs. Anti-spyware protection is as important today as anti-virus software. I use Spyware Doctor ( and MalwareBytes (, but SpySweeper (, AdAware (, and Spybot Search & Destroy ( are also excellent.

Mr. Modem's Sites of the Week:

Internet Addiction Test
The fact that we can communicate easily and access so much information online seems like a logical explanation why we are spending more time visiting Web sites, emailing, texting, Twittering and Facebooking than ever before. Some researchers suggest that some of us (I’m sure they mean you; couldn’t possibly be me) have an unhealthy compulsion for the Internet and its related online activities. Here you will find lots of information about healthy computing, and I won’t even comment on the irony of taking an Internet Addiction test on the Internet itself.

Printer Color Test
If you want to check the ability of your printer to display oodles (a technical term) of colors, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory provides the solar spectrum in a variety of resolutions. An image of this type is very difficult for a printer to accommodate because it contains so many colors and gradations. If your printer does a fairly decent job printing the spectrum, you can be sure it can handle just about any other printing project that comes along.

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