Double-sided Printing in Windows XP

Note: The exact steps and details for setting double-sided printing depends heavily on the specific printer driver you have installed.  Depending on the printer and driver versions, and the program you are printing from, some screenshots and instructions may not match exactly with what you will see on your screen.

If you are unable to configure your printer to print double-sided, please ensure that the printer has a duplex unit attached, and that duplexing has been enabled.  See Adding a Network Printer in Windows XP for information on doing this. 

If you have a duplex-capable printer installed, open the document you wish to print, and proceed with the instructions below.

  1. Under the File menu, select Print.
  2. Make sure a duplex-capable printer is selected. If not, choose one from the list of available printers.
  3. Click the Properties button.  In some programs, this button may instead be titled Preferences.
    • Example Screenshots: note that your screen may not exactly reflect these examples

      The printer

  4. A new dialog box will appear, with a number of tabs across the top.  This window varies depending on the specific printer and driver you have installed.  Duplexing settings will typically appear in either the Layout or Finishing tabs.  See the screenshots below for some examples.
    • If there is a checkbox labeled Print On Both Side, make sure it is filled.
    • If available, make sure to choose to Flip on Long Edge if you are printing a Portrait-oriented document.  For a Landscape document, you may want to choose Flip on Short Edge instead.
    • Note that you can also print multiple document pages on a single sheet of paper (or side of a sheet, if you are printing double-sided).
    • Example Screenshots: note that your screen may not exactly reflect these examples.

      An example of setting double-sided printing.

      An alternative example of how to set double-sided printing.

    • Click OK to save these settings and return to the "Print" dialog.
  5. Click on the Print button to print the document.

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