Many printers support duplex printing, but they don't all make the
duplex option available in the same way. With some desktop printers,
choosing duplex means that the printer prints all of the copies of the
first side of a page, then pauses and asks you to flip the sheets that
it just printed and return them to the printer, after which it prints
all of the copies of the second side. This method is called manual
To print on both sides of a sheet of paper:
- On the File menu, click Print.
- In the Print dialog box, in the Name list, select the printer that you want to use.
- Click Properties.
Note The information in the Properties dialog box varies depending upon the manufacturer of the printer you're using. With some printers, you will see a Layout tab with a Print on both sides option on it. With other printers, you might see a Features tab, and the duplex option might be called something like Two-sided printing. Explore the various tabs in the Properties dialog box until you locate the duplex printing option.
- Choose the duplex printing option that you want.
The options will be called something like Long edge (or Flip on long edge) and Short edge (or Flip on short edge).
Whether it's better for the paper to be flipped on the short edge or
the long edge depends upon the type of publication you're printing. You
might need to print a test publication or two to discover which option
- Click OK to close the Properties dialog box, and then click OK again to close the Print dialog box and print your publication.