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How to print Double Sided

Want to know how to print double-sided through your printer? Printing a document and don’t know to print double-sided on a sheet of paper?

Don’t worry, this article is especially for you. Here I’m going to show you various ways by which you can easily print your document on a paper double-sided.

You have often used a Printer at your home to print your documents or other papers. Printing on a paper is easy if you just want to print on a single side of a paper. You just need to give a print command to your connected printer and insert paper in it. But printing only on a single side of a paper is both costly and wasteful. I recommend you to only print something on a paper only if it is very important. This will save our trees and our nature. Also even if it is important to try printing double-sided to avoid any paper wastage.

To print double-sided on a sheet of paper there are two ways. If your printer supports, you can directly give double-side command and rest will be done by your printer through on-screen commands. Else if your Printer doesn’t support double-sided printing, I have another method for you.

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So here, in this article, I will be showing your various methods to print double-sided on a sheet of paper. Both Windows and Mac have different methods because of there dissimilarities. Lastly, I will show you how to print double-sided even if your printer or system doesn’t support printing double-sided on a paper. So without wasting any further time, let’s get started.

Printing Double-Sided on a Paper

To print on a paper you only require a Printer attached with your computer. But the method of giving Commands is different for every Operating system. This is due to the dissimilarities in these operating systems. Make sure before starting any method you have your printer correctly attached/connected with your computer. Also, make sure proper printer drivers are installed on your computer depending upon your operating system. To know more about Printer Drivers for Windows Visit Microsoft’s Website.

So here in this section, I will be showing you ways for two of the most popular operating systems i.e for Windows and for Mac OS. So let us first start with our methods.

Printing Two-Sided Pages using Windows

So let’s see what are the steps to print a paper double-sided using your printer on a Windows PC. This method is only for Windows users and if you are a Mac user, skip this method and move on to the next method. Follow these steps briefly till the end to know ‘How to print Double Sided’ using a Windows PC.

  • Make sure your printer is properly connected to your computer.
  • Open your Document by clicking on it.
  • Now click on File from the options on the top left of the Window, you can even click on CTRL from your Keyboard.
  • A drop-down list will open. Now select the Print option from it.

printing double sided from windows

  • You can even directly click CTRL + P from your keyboard instead of the above two steps.
  • Now from the Page Layout option, select double-sided print from the list.
  • If you are using Microsoft Word, click the Print One-Sided button to view the two-sided print option.
  • Select any other page configuration if you want. Select your correct printer name.
  • Lastly, click on the Print button at the bottom of the window.
  • Follow the on-screen command if prompted.

And that’s it. If you have correctly followed the above steps. Your printer had started printing your document double-sided on a page. The page layout option location may defer depending upon the version of Windows you are using. If you still can’t see any option to change the single-side printing to double side, you should look at the method at the end of the article.

Printing Two-Sided Pages using Mac OS

In this section, I will show you what are the steps to print a paper double-sided using your printer on a Mac PC. This method is only for Mac users and if you are a Windows user, you might have accidentally skipped the method given above. Follow these steps briefly till the end to know ‘How to print Double Sided’ using a Mac PC.

  • Make sure your printer is properly connected to your computer.
  • Open your Document by clicking on it.
  • Now click on File from the option on the top left of the Window, you can even click on Command from your Keyboard.
  • A drop-down list will open. Now select the Print option from it.
  • You can even directly click Command + P from your keyboard instead of the above two steps.
  • Now find and Click on the Copies & Pages option. You can find it near the top of the window.
  • From the drop-down menu, click on the Layout option.

printing double sided on mac

  • Check the box or select ON in the Two-Sided option in the window.
  • Lastly, click on the Print button at the bottom of the window.
  • Follow the on-screen command if prompted.

And that’s it. If you have correctly followed the above steps. Your printer had started printing your document double-sided on a page. The Two-Sided option location may defer depending upon the type of document you are printing. If you still can’t see any option to change the single-side printing to double side, you should look at the method at the end of the article.

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Printing Double-Sided Pages Manually

Most probably, you are in this section because you haven’t found any option to change the configuration of your printer to print double-sided on a paper. Don’t worry, it may happen if your printer or Desktop doesn’t support automatically printing double-sided on a sheet of paper. So, here in this section, I will show you how to print double-sided on a paper manually. This is not a feature but a trick to easily print double-sided. You have to be extra cautious while following this method. So with all these, let’s start with this method.

  • Firstly, mark a small line at the top of your blank page. This will help you to remember the page orientation easily.
  • Put this page inside the printer with the marked line edge facing the printer.
  • Make sure your printer is properly connected to your computer.
  • Open your Document by clicking on it.
  • Now click on File from the option on the top left of the Window, you can even click on Command/CTRL from your Keyboard.
  • A drop-down list will open. Now select the Print option from it.
  • Now tick Pages option and type the odd numbers separated by comma below it. for example 1, 3, 5, 7, 9.

printing only odd pages

  • Click on Print. This will print all the odd pages single-sided on your paper.
  • Now reinsert these papers in the correct order but proper orientation by taking the account of the marked line.
  • Lastly, do the same, but instead of odd pages type the even ones.
  • And click on Print.

Hurray, You have successfully printed double-sided on a page using your Printer. The procedures are the same for both Windows and Mac Pc. Note that this method is only recommended for printing fewer pages.

Let’s start Printing Double-Sided Pages

You can now easily print any of your pages double-sided using your printer. I have covered all the methods for Windows and Mac. I have tried to explain these methods in the easiest way possible and believe you will not face any difficulties while following them.

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So that is the end of our article. Finally, you have learned all methods to print double-sided on a page using your Printer. I hope you have properly followed the same steps on your computer. If you are having any difficulty or queries or doubts regarding any of the methods mentioned above. Feel free to mention them in the Comments Section below. I’ll be more than happy to help you with it. I hope now you don’t have to search anymore ‘How to print Double-Sided’ on the Internet.

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Bhupinder Singh

I'm a programmer. I basically write about tech and programming languages. I'm currently pursuing B.tech in Information Technology in Bhopal. I'm a geek and a self-learner. I love python. ;-)

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