Double-sided and Multi-page Printing Tutorial

Double-sided printing is a simple way to reduce your paper usage! If your printer does not support full duplex, you can use a setting called Manual Duplex to achieve the same results.

It is also possible to print Multiple Pages Per Sheet allowing the user to squeeze an 8 page document onto only 1 or 2 sheets of paper. This setting is ideal for drafts, class or meeting handouts, powerpoint slides or any less formal document.

An easy way to tell if your printer can automatically print double-sided is to look for a “d” in the model number printed on the front. A HP Color LaserJet 2605 d supports duplex.

Enabling Automatic Duplex as Default

Your printer may be capable of automatic double-sided printing. To set your printer to print every document in full duplex mode by default:

  • Step 1: Access the Control Panel by going to Start > Control Panel
  • Step 2: Select Printers and other Hardware then go to View Install Printers
  • Step 3: Right-Click on your Printer and click Properties
  • Step 4: Click the Printing Preferences Button
  • Step 5: Click the Finishing Tab
  • Step 6: Under Document Options, select Print on Both Sides
  • Step 7: Press Ok to save your settings

Print an Individual Document Using Automatic Duplex

This setting is useful for printing individual double-sided documents if you do not want to set duplex as the default print mode.

  • Step 1: When it is time to print, access the Print screen by going to File > Print
  • Step 2: Click the Properties or Preferences Button (depending on application)
  • Follow Steps 5 – 7 above. These settings will apply only to the current document.

Manual Duplex

Many printers that do not support automatic duplex will support manual duplex. To do this, first print odd numbered pages on one side, flip the paper and print even numbered pages on the back. It becomes simple after a bit of practice. I recommend practicing on a 4 page document.

  • Step 1: When it is time to print, access the Print screen by going to File > Print
  • Step 2: Check Manual Duplex (probably in the upper right corner of this window)
  • Step 3: Press OK to Print. The printer will print the odd pages, and prompt you place the paper back in the input tray.
  • Step 4: Flip over the document without changing the page order and put it into the input tray. Use the paper orientation icon to ensure that the even pages will print onto the back of the odd pages.
  • Step 5: You are done, easy isn’t it?

Multiple Pages Per Sheet

If you are not working with small text or images, you can print two or four pages per side. Most printers support this and combined with double-sided printing, you can squeeze up to 8 pages per sheet of paper! If you need to print powerpoint slides to accompany a presentation, this is a great trick.

  • Step 1: When it is time to print, access the Print screen by going to File > Print
  • Step 2: Go to the Zoom section of the Print window.
  • Step 3: Under Pages per sheet: select 2 or 4. Tips: 2 sheets when printing from PowerPoint, it will put four slides per side instead of the normal two.
  • Step 4: Press OK to print. If your printer is not an automatic duplex, you can check Manual Duplex as discussed above.