You’ve been told time and again that printing double sided can help save the environment and save on toner and ink. Double sided printing can be necessary when you’re printing out flyers or brochures. Most new printers do come with an automatic duplexing feature, but what can you do if your older printer doesn’t?
The first thing to do is to check whether or not your printer does actually support double sided printing. Check the printer manual to see if your printer can handle automatic double sided printing and how to enable it, or check the printer settings on your computer.
Look for an option labelled “duplex-printing”, “double-sided printing” or “print on both sides of the paper”. If the option is available, click on the box to enable automatic duplex printing.
If your printer doesn’t support duplex printing, you can still do it manually. To start printing on both sides of the page, do the following:
1. Click on the “Print” button to open your printer’s dialogue box
2. Find and select the “Print Only Odd Pages” option, it may be called something else, depending on which programme you are printing from.
3. Click “OK”
4. When the first batch of pages are printed, place the stack back into the paper tray. You may have to turn the printed side down or leave it facing up to make sure the printer prints on the blank side. Print a test page just to be sure.
5. Hit “Print” again to open the dialogue box and then find the “Print Only Even Pages” option.
If you can’t find an option to print even and odd pages, you can set it up manually in the “Print Range” section of the dialogue box:
1. In the “Pages” box, enter your odd numbers, separated by a comma (like this: 1, 3, 5, 7…) and hit print.
2. When the printer is done, take the stack of pages and place them back in the paper tray. You may have to turn the printed side down or leave it facing up to make sure the printer prints on the blank side.
3. Hit print again and enter your even numbers into the “Pages” field.
For Mac users, this process will be a little different:
1. In the File menu, click “Print”
2. Click the arrow in the “Copies and Pages” dropdown and select “Paper Handling”
3. In the “Pages to Print” dropdown, click on the arrow and choose “Odd Only”
4. Remove your printed pages from the output area and put them back in the paper tray. You have to empty the paper tray first so that only your printed pages are in there. You may have to turn the printed side down or leave it facing up to make sure the printer prints on the blank side.
5. If your document has an odd number of total pages, take the last page from the stack and set it aside for now. If your document has an even number of total pages, carry on to the next step.
6. Follow the previous steps (1-4), but choose “Even Only” and click on the “Reverse pages” box to reverse the printing order.
7. If you had to set aside the last page in step 5, add it to the bottom of your stack after printing to make it your last page.
It’s pretty simple. Make sure to fan your stack of pages to separate them properly before you put them back in the paper tray. This makes sure that the printer doesn’t pick up two or three pages when it’s printing.
If you’ve got a large document, it’s best to print double sided in batches of even numbered pages, that way you can make sure that you don’t miss any pages and that the printer prints everything correctly.