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About the Service

Information Services (IS) provides printing, copying and scanning facilities available in full colour and black & white (mono). These multifunctional devices (MFDs) are available in all student computing areas. The devices operate on a pre-pay basis: sufficient credit must be available on your Queen's Smart Card before you can use any MFD. All MFDs can print in either A4 or A3 paper sizes and double or single sided; hole punching and stapling are also available. To use the service, you will need:

  • your University (ID) Smart Card AND
  • credit in your Smart Card account

Visitors can purchase a temporary card or visitor printing card at the temporary card machines or cash uploader machines in each of the libraries.

Support: Useful tips are available on notices at each printer.  For other support please contact the Computer Assistants (Student Computer Areas), your Print Champion (staff only) or the IT Service desk.

Advice when printing from PowerPoint

  • Do not use elaborate background images: that's poor practice in general. "Busy" background images are distracting and make text hard to read. A solid color background usually makes the most asthetic sense (see Apple keynote presentations). If you absolutely feel compelled to have a background image, make it subtle and simple, such as gradient gray.
  • Minimize the use of images: people often over-use images simply because they can, even if that makes for superfluous content which detracts from conveying the information that is the presentation's purpose.
  • Minimize the use of overlapping images: use smaller, non-overlapping images.
  • If you go to change content, actually replace it: do not put another layer on top of the old stuff — which only leaves your possibly embarrassing old stuff still present in the file. Cycle through your layers to assure that no obsolete content is still present.

Last updated April 2017