Banner Sheets: Good, Bad or Neither?

 “To print a banner page or not to print a banner page that is the question
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The banner page on all prints,
Or to take action against a sea of pages
And by disabling end them.”
             Paraphrased very loosely from Hamlet, Act 3, scene 1.

My sincere apologizes to William Shakespeare!!  But seriously there are good reasons for printing banner pages but a case can also be made for turning them off.

What is a Banner Page?  The Banner page is the first page of a print job used as a separator of print jobs and used to identify the originator of the print job request.

In a work environment where many people print to the same printer, banner pages can be helpful in differentiating between print jobs and also letting others know the owner of the job to either expedite delivery of the job or allow it to be left for that person to pick up.  Banner pages can include the date, time, name of the person printing the document, the IP address of the computer from which the job was printed and in some cases the name of the document.

Now if you work in an environment where there are only a couple of people using the same printer or maybe it is a dedicated printer then you may not need to use the banner page.  Turning off the banner page will save paper.  The banner page should be turned on or off at the machine and in the driver.  You can learn how to enable or disable the banner page by visiting the support page for your machine and entering the search terms banner page or separator page.   Below is a sample screen shot of the driver properties.  This graphic shows where you can enable or disable the banner page in the driver.  Of course your driver may vary depending on the model of the machine and the driver being used.

I have also included a video of how to enable and disable the Banner sheet on the WorkCentre 5600 series.  As always the screens may be different on your machine.  Please check for a video on banner pages on your support page on the video tab.

Shakespeare said and I quote correctly this time:  “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”  —  Hamlet, Act II, scene 2

So you decide, are banner pages useful for your environment?

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