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Whitwick & District U3A - Computing tip February 2014

One item that seems to give more trouble than necessary is double-sided printing i.e. printing on both sides of the paper. It is quite common for printers to offer this as a printing option, normally referred to as duplex printing. Look for it under printer properties, fig 1 then fig 2.

Fig 1

Fig 2

However, it may not always be the quickest way of printing, especially if you are printing a number of copies of the same item. This is because on most printers for home use, the printer prints one side and ejects the paper, then “sucks” it back in, performs an elaborate process to turn it around, and then prints the second side and ejects it. This manipulation often takes quite a while.

It is often quicker, and if your printer doesn’t support duplex, necessary, to adopt a different approach. When printing your document, instead of “All pages in range” choose “Odd pages” from what to print. It is also beneficial to choose the “Collate” option if printing more than one copy. Fig 3. Having printed the odd sides, put the printed paper back in your printer tray and repeat the printing but this time with “Even pages” and Collate.

Fig 3

Two warnings – first make sure you put the paper back in the correct way round! Normally if this is a tray under the printer this means with the printed face up, and the top of the page away from you; for rear trays it is normally top down and printed side away from you. The second issue is if you have an odd number of pages in your document, because if you are printing more than one copy things will go wrong. The solution to this is to add a deliberate blank page to the end of your document so that there are an even number of pages.


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