How to Print Double-Sided on a PC, Mac, or SmartPhone

If you need hard copies of your documents and would like to reduce the amount of paper used, it might be useful to know how to print double-sided.

How to Print Double-Sided on a PC, Mac, or SmartPhone

In this article, we’ll take you through how easy it is to set up your printer for manual and automatic double-sided printing, using a wide range of applications.

How to Print Double-Sided

Double-sided printing (also known as duplex printing) can be achieved by enabling the double-sided option before each print job or by configuring your printer to print this way by default.

In Windows, to print double-sided for a particular job, select the option from the “Print” menu (available just before sending to print). Or you can set it to “Always print double-sided” in the Control Panel or the Settings application.

Note: To know whether your printer can duplex print, check with the manufacturer.

How to Print Double-Sided on Windows

For a single double-sided print job:

  1. Access the document for printing, then select “File,” then “Print.”
  2. From the menu, click on “More settings.”
  3. From the pop-up window, select the “Duplex Printing” dropdown menu. Depending on the application, printer, and Windows OS you are using, you may have options to “Manually print on both sides” or “Print on both sides.”
  4. If offered, select one of the following “print double-sided” options:
    • “Flip on long edge” – pages will print to be opened like a book (left to right).
    • “Flip on short edge” – pages will print to be flipped like a notepad.
  5. Select “Ok,” then “Print.”

To set up double-sided printing as default:

  1. Select “Start,” then the “Settings” app.
  2. Select “Devices,” then “Printers & Scanners,” then your printer.
  3. From the pop-up dropdown menu, select “Manage” or “Manage Your Device.”
  4. From the left-hand column, select “Printing Preferences.”
  5. From the dialog box, choose the “Printing Shortcut” option.
  6. If your printer prints automatically on either side, select “Two-sided Duplex Printing” from the “Printing Shortcuts” dialog box.
  7. If you need to physically feed the paper for double-sided printing, click on “User Specified Print Settings.”
  8. Click on the “Print on both sides manually” dropdown menu, then either “Flip on Long Edge” or “Flip on Short Edge.”
  9. Select “Apply,” then “Save.”

How to Print Double-Sided on Mac

To print double-sided in Word using a Mac:

  1. Select “File,” then “Print.”
  2. Select “Copies & Pages,” then “Layout.”
  3. Click on “Two-Sided,” then “Long-Edge binding.”
  4. Select “Print.”

How to Print Double-Sided on iPhone

For the following instructions to work, you must be printing from an AirPrint-supported application and printing to an AirPrint-supported printer:

  1. Open the file, document, image, or email you wish to print.
  2. Select “Share,” then “Print.” If the print option isn’t available, on the bottom row of icons swipe right to left for more options. The app may not support printing if the option isn’t available.
  3. From the “Printer Options” screen select “Select Printer.”
  4. Select a printer.
  5. Set the number of copies to print.
  6. Select the double-sided printing option, then “Print.”

How to Print Double-Sided on Android

To print double-sided from an Android device:

  1. Select “Menu,” then “Settings,” then “Connections,” then “More Settings.”
  2. Select Connection “Print,” then the printer driver/plugin of your printer.
  3. Enable the plugin if not previously done.
  4. At the top right, select “More.”
  5. From the pop-up menu, select “Printer Settings.”
  6. You will now see the “2-sided” option. Enable this feature from your Android device by activating the slider.

How to Print Double-Sided on Word

To print double-sided automatically via Word:

  1. Open the document for printing, then select “File.”
  2. From the top menu, select “Print.”
  3. In “Settings,” select “Print on Both Sides,” then “Print.”

To print double-sided manually via Word:

  1. Open the document for printing, then select “File,” then “Print.”
  2. In “Settings,” select “Manually Print on Both Sides,” then “Print.”

How to Print Double-Sided on Google Docs

For duplex-printing from Google Docs:

  1. Navigate to Google Docs and sign into your account.
  2. Access and open the document for printing.
  3. From the top-left corner, select “Print.”
  4. From the preview, select “Print Using System Dialog.”
  5. From the printing options menu, select “Properties,” “Settings,” or “Preferences.”
  6. Select “Double-Sided Printing,” “Print On Both Sides,” or “Duplex Printing.”
  7. Select “Ok,” then “Print.”
    • Once the first page has printed, place the sheet face down with the leading edge (top) in the paper feed first.

How to Print Double-Sided With a PDF

To print a double-sided PDF file:

  1. From Adobe Acrobat or Reader, select “File” then “Print.”
  2. From the printer dialog box, select “Print On Both Sides of Paper.”
  3. Then select “Print.”

How to Print Double-Sided on Hp Officejet 3830

For duplex-printing to a HP Officejet 3830 printer:

  1. Open the document for printing.
  2. Type “Ctrl + P” to bring up the Print dialog box.
  3. From the dropdown menu, select your printer.
  4. From print setup, select the “Long-Edge binding” option, then “Print.”

Additional FAQs

How Do You Turn Off Duplex Printing?

The following instructions, based on using a Xerox printer, will give you a general idea of how to achieve this. For the specific steps for your printer, please refer to its user guide.

To turn off duplex printing per job in Windows:

• Open the file you wish to print.

• From the “File” menu, select “Print.”

• In the Print dialog box, select the printer then “Preferences” or “Properties.”

• From the “2-Sided Printing” dropdown menu, ensure “1-Sided Print” is selected.

• Select “Ok,” then “Ok.”

To turn off duplex printing and save as default:

1. Open the “Printers” window.

• In Windows 10: Select “Start,” then in the search box type “Control Panel,” then select “Devices and Printers.”

• In Windows 8.1: Right-click “Start,” then select “Control Panel,” then “Devices and Printers.”

• In Windows 7: Select “Start,” then “Devices and Printers.”

2. Right-click the printer icon, then select “Printing Preferences.”

3. In the “Printing Preferences” window at the “2-sided Printing” dropdown menu, ensure “1-sided Print” is selected.

4. From the bottom-left of the screen, click on “Earth Smart Settings.”

5. Uncheck the “2-Sided Print” box.

• If “2-Sided Print” is grayed-out, select “Earth Smart Settings” from the bottom-left, uncheck “2-Sided Print,” then click “Ok.”

6. To save the new setting, select “Apply,” then “Ok” to close the Printers window.

• To update the print driver defaults, save your work in any open applications, then restart the application.

To turn off duplex-printing in Mac:

1. Open the document for printing.

2. From the “File” menu, select “Print.”

3. Select the printer, then from the drop-down menu select “Xerox Features.”

• In Text Edit or Safari, click on the arrow to expand the window or select “Show Details,” then “Xerox Features.”

• Or the menu may be next to the print queue name.

4. From the “2-Sided Printing” drop-down menu, ensure “1-Sided Print” is checked.

• If the “2-Sided Print” option is unavailable, select “Earth Smart Settings” from the bottom-left, uncheck “2-Sided Print,” then “Ok.”

5. Select the “Presets” menu, then “Save Current Settings as Preset.”

6. Name the preset, e.g. “No Duplex”.

7. Next to the “Preset Available For” option:

• To save the preset setting for this queue only, select “Select Only This Printer.” The setting will be removed if the queue is deleted.

• To save the preset setting and use it for another printer install (even if the queue is removed), “Select All Printers.”

8. Select “OK” to save the setting, then “Print.”

Note: Moving forward, when printing from any application the new preset setting will be used automatically.

Which Way Do You Print Double-Sided Paper?

When you need to feed the paper manually, the first side must be facing up with the top (leading edge) of the sheet in first. When printing on the second side, place the sheet face down with the leading edge in the paper feed first.

For printing on letterheaded paper, place the sheet in the feed with the heading facing down first.

Why Won’t My Computer Let Me Print Double-Sided?

As well as ensuring your printer is set to print double-sided by default, or that you have selected it from the menu before confirming a single print job, if it’s not printing double-sided, some other common problems for this issue may be:

• Insufficient blank paper loaded in the printer. Ensure that your paper tray is loaded sufficiently to allow duplex printing without disruption.

• Out-of-date printer driver software. Ensure you have the most up-to-date software installed for your printer’s drivers. If you don’t have them, they are usually available from the manufacturer’s official website.

• If your printer driver software is up to date, a recent Windows update may be the cause. You can try uninstalling and reinstalling the software to see if that helps.

If the problem persists, don’t forget your printer’s manufacturer will have a dedicated technical support team available to troubleshoot and resolve the issue with you, so consider reaching out to them.

Double-Sided Printing to Save Our Trees

Despite an ever-growing need to exchange documents electronically, the need to print them out physically is still necessary. Double-sided printing is not only an ingenious idea to help save our trees, but also cut the weight of larger printed documents in half.

Now that we’ve shown you how simple it is to duplex print, how often do you use this function? Which method do you prefer: double or single-sided printing? Let us know in the comment section below.

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