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How to Print double sided pages

Updated on September 10, 2013


How to print double-sided pages

There are many ways of printing on both sides of the pages.  In most cases all printers have there own settings which may vary from printer to printer depending on the type and brand of each printer. 

I have listed a few options below on different ways of printing on both sides of pages.

A Duplex printer is specially designed to automatically print on both sides of the pages

This will also depend on what sort or brand of printer you have purchased. If you intend to do a lot of books or booklets then, I would suggest that you buy a duplex printer. This will save you many headaches, as it will automatically print on both sides of the paper without the need to turn the page around at all. It is setup to efficiently and automatically produces double sided printed pages with less hassle. It may cost you more to buy in the beginning, although the benefits will definitely save you time and money in the end.

If you walk away from other types of printers and two pages are accidentally picked up, you would have to reprint the whole book. Whereas with the duplex printer it will only be one or two pages that need reprinting.

Second choice:

With most other printer you have to print one page at a time. Print page one, then turn the page over, and put the paper back into the printer. (Keeping in mind, which side of the page, the printer prints on) and print page two. Some printers feed the pages differently, some from underneath, some from the back so take careful note as to the way your particular printer prints its pages. Continue this way until printing is complete.


Third choice:

All printers are different so If you have an ink-jet or similar printer then you will have to watch and print all the odd pages first, then turn the pages around and print all the even pages. Beware you could still have the problem of the printer picking up two sheets of paper which will throw the printing out of sequence. In addition, if this happens on the second print, you will have to redo the lot, as the numbering will be out.

Suggested page set-up, printing booklets (which means an A4 page divided in 2.

This depends on the type and brand of printer and software you are using. To print booklets in word XP 2003 and use a Lexmark printer, or an HP DeskJet you can use the same settings.

Beware: Before writing anything its best to set up your page the way you want it to look when printed. Always check to see how it will appear before wasting your time and ink to find you have made an error in the settings. This will vary depending if you require it printed in portrait or landscape.

The margin settings I use is Top 1.8 cm

Bottom 1.8 cm

Left 2.2 cm

Right 2.2 cm

Gutter 0.4 cm

Header 1.2 cm

Footer 1.2 cm

Paper size Width 14.8 cm

Height 21 cm


Set your multiple pages to Book fold, this will print up to 32 half pages. One page has two pages on each side like that of a book. Therefore, when finished printing each A4 sheet will have four pages printed on it.

Remember to number your pages before printing. Do not leave it up to the automatic page numbering.

By using any types and brands of Duplex printers you will take the worry out of printing you booklets.

Printer shows printing one side then other


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    • BeatsMe profile image

      BeatsMe 9 years ago

      Hi Eileen, thanks. :)

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Hi Beatsme, Yes I use this with my xp windows. And print up my little booklets on a Canon MP750 Pixma. This is a duplex printer. Which saves you from having to turn the pages over and also reduces the risk of putting paper back in the wrong way as it prints one page- it comes out -then goes back in to printer and prints on the back.

      Honestly they are a brilliant way of printing double sided pages. Good luck Hope this helps you.

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      BeatsMe 9 years ago

      I always have a problem with printers. Like you said, the risk of your printer picking up two pages often happens to me. Paper jamming, though, happens more often. It's my first time to encounter about duplex printers. Are they printers for PCs?