Learning How to Print Double Sided
Paper is expensive. Not only that, but wasting it is less than environmentally conscious. When you think about it, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t be printing on both sides of a piece of paper. Fortunately, learning how to print double sided is easy if you know how to do it, and the benefits are clear.
- Save Money: Double Sided Printing uses half as much paper
- Save Trees: Fewer trees are cut down to make paper.
- Less Carbon: Factories have to process less paper, cutting down your carbon footprint.
- Carry Less Paper: Why lug around a forty-page report when you can carry twenty pages instead?
- Brochures: Most brochures are double sided, so you need to be able to print double sided in order to print brochures.
Double sided printing just makes sense, but how do you do it?
Figuring out how to print double sided depends, first, on what kind of printer you have. Some printers can handle the whole process by themselves and all you need to do his check the option for double sided printing from the print menu. To see if your printer has this feature check your manual for double sided printing or duplex printing. Most small printers do not feature this option, though many large institutional printers do.
If your printer doesn’t have this feature, you will need to know how to print double sided manually. Step 1 in the process involves setting your printer to print only the odd pages of your document. There are usually two different ways to do this. The first is to specify the odd pages in the page range area.
To do this, type the numbers of the odd pages, separated by a comma, in the pages to print area (e.g. 1,3,5,7,9). This will direct the printer to print only those pages specified. This is easy enough for short documents, but it would be tedious to do for lengthy ones.
To handle this problem, most printing menus offer the option to print all odd or even pages only. In the “All pages in range” section, choose “Odd pages” or “Even pages” from the drop-down menu. If you have difficulty finding this option you can search for “double sided printing” or “duplex printing” in the help file of your word processor.
Once you have done this, you should now have a stack of odd-numbered printed pages. Make sure you keep them all in the correct order, and you’re ready to put them back into the printer to print the even pages.
This is the part of the process where trouble can occur if you are not careful. Make absolutely sure to run the pages through the printer in the same order but with the other side of the paper on the top. The top edge from the first printing should still be the top edge, but the previously right edge of the paper becomes the left edge.
Any mistakes in loading the paper will result in problems like the backside being upside down, or double printing on the same side. If you don’t keep it straight, you could even wind up printing the last page of your document on the back of the first page.
With a standard front-loading printer, you will want to remove the printed pages and put them back in the paper tray facing up with the top of the page toward the printer. Printers that load from the top can vary but most of them are loaded with the printed side facing away from you and the top edge oriented toward the printer. Drawer loading printers will vary even more, so you will want to figure this out before you start printing.
If you’re not certain about how your particular printer handles paper, you can always run a test page to figure out which side of the page your printer uses. To do this, put a dot on one corner of a piece of paper and print your test page. Remember where you put the dot so you can see how to orient the paper.
When you print the second sheet, the dot should still be in the same direction relative to the top and bottom of the sheet, but should be on the underside of the paper. A few attempts should straighten out any problems you have.
As long as you are careful, you should have no problems arranging the paper. Once it is loaded in the printer, set the print option to “Even pages” and your printing should be complete. Once you have done it a few times, you’ll know how to print double sided, and can do it with ease.
Problems are possible, though, and you can get some strange results sometimes. Here is a quick troubleshooting guide to help you figure out how to solve your problem.
- Back of the Page is upside down relative to the front: You fed the bottom of the page into the printer first instead of the top. You need to turn the paper one hundred eighty degrees, and put the bottom where the top was and vice versa.
- Back of the page came out printed on top of the front: You’ve inserted the paper upside down. Flip the paper over and put it back in, but don’t rotate it unless it was also upside down as well.
- Last page came out printed on the back of first page: You have to keep the pages in the same order they were printed. Don’t collate the pages until the printing is complete.
If you are nervous about ruining a large print job by putting the paper in incorrectly, you can employ the dot trick when you start printing. Put a small mark on the underside of the first piece of paper in the tray. When you put the printed pages back into the printer, as long as the mark is now visible and on the same side top to bottom as it was before, everything should be fine.
This is all you need to know how to print double sided, whether you use Microsoft Word or some other program, so get to it and save a tree.