How to Print Double Sided (Duplex Printing) in MS Word
Being environment-friendly is a smart thing and you don’t need to invest hugely to become one or change your basic infrastructure to show that you care for your environment. Simple things like printing both sides on a paper could be just one way to show you care for the world!
Besides defining your environment-friendly outlook, duplex printing also allows you to enjoy freedom – freedom from having to manage and organize large paper sets, freedom from incurring huge paper costs, and freedom from worrying over data leakage. Prints require you to secure them separately and shred them once your task is over.
Thus, as you can see, there are more benefits of double-sided printing than probably you’ve thought of.
Let’s now get you started on setting your printer to automatically print both sides and also share with you the tips you could apply to manually do it.
Well, to manually do a double-sided printing, you will have to stand next to the printer, while the printing task is on and quickly re-insert a page into the feeder tray of your printer with the reverse side up, to be able to let it print on both sides. This task needs precision and if you miss out, the printer will pull in the next available sheet and you wouldn’t be able to complete your duplex printing task efficiently.
However, the simplest and the better way of tackling this requirement would be to set up your printer to let it automate the process. And while it is on, you can enjoy your favorite cup of coffee without feeling guilty. So, here’s how you can do it:
- Open the document you want a hard copy for (print).
- Select the ‘Print’ option from the File tab or the Office button.
Select the option for Duplex printing if your printer supports it
If your printer offers duplex printing facilities, you can turn on the option easily. To do it:
- Access the Settings option.
- Scroll down to the Print on Both Sides option.
- Select it and then print.
However, if it doesn’t support this facility, you can either manually identify the odd and even pages to separately print them, or you can re-insert the pages one after the other and do it manually (mentioned above).
Print even and odd-numbered pages separately
If you wish to separately print them,
- In the Print window, select the Pages option.
- Identify the odd number pages separately and print them.
- Name the even numbered pages in the option.
- Print on the reverse of the sheets.
Wasn’t this really simple? Now you can print as many copies you want to and keep down the costs as well as the environmental effects by opting for duplex printing. However, as a better deal, try to limit your prints as almost every where a soft document copy also works well. Print only those documents that you need to and if possible print double sides by following the steps shared above.