How To Print Double Sided On Hp Printer?

Also known as duplexing, printing on both faces of a page is an effective way to cut back on printing costs and paper consumption. The following is a simple step-by-step guide to teach you how to print double-sided on HP printers across different models and operating systems.

Printing Double-Sided in Windows

Step 1: Prepping the paper to avoid issues

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Make sure you load the paper tray with enough paper to accommodate every print job. This way, you won’t have to deal with page ordering problems.

As for paper jams, you can avoid these issues by refraining from printing on both faces of glossy paper, envelopes, transparencies, or photo paper. Also, be sure to only print on paper heavier than 16 pounds (60 g/m2) but lighter than 28 pounds (105 g/m2).

Step 2: Choose your printer

  • Open the text you want to print.
  • Select File then Print.
  • From the drop-down menu, click your printer.

Step 3: Open the printing preferences or document properties window

  • Click any one you see of the following: Printer Setup, Printer Properties, or Preferences.

Step 4: Open and choose duplex printing settings

Decide whether you want your pages to read as a:

  • Booklet: flip on the long border.
  • Tablet: flip on the short border.

The names of the menus differ according to the printer model as follows:

  • If you find Layout, Finishing, or Features — click it and choose the binding option under ‘Print on Both Sides’ or ‘Print on Both Sides Manually’.
  • If you see Printing Shortcut — click it and select ‘Two-sided (Duplex) Printing’, then choose a page flip option under ‘Print on Both Sides Manually’.

Step 5: Print

  • Hit OK then press Print.

If your printer automatically prints on the other side, then you’re good to go. If not, continue with the steps below:

  • Take the printed sheets out of the output tray and put them in the input tray.
    • Front-loading printers require you to load the pages with the printed face upwards (Inkjet) or downwards (LaserJet) with either the top or bottom edge in the tray.
    • Rear-loading printers require you to load the pages with the printed face downwards and the bottom edge in the tray.
  • Hit Continue to start printing on the other face of the stack.

Printing Double-Sided in Mac

Step 1: Prepping the paper to avoid issues

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As explained in the previous section.

Step 2: Select the orientation of the pages and Print

  • Open the text you want to print.
  • Select File then Print.
  • Click Show Details.
  • If you see a Two-Sided setting, enable it then choose Layout and choose either ‘Long-Edge binding’ or ‘Short-Edge binding’ under the Two-Sided menu.
  • Click Print.

Step 3: Manual double-sided printing

  • If there’s no Two-Sided setting, click ‘Paper Handling’, then choose ‘Odd Only’ under ‘Pages to Print’.
  • Under the ‘Page Order’ menu, choose Reverse if the input tray is at the front or Automatic if it’s at the top rear.
  • Click Print.
  • When the first face is done, remove any unprinted sheets.
  • Take the printed stack out of the output tray and insert them back then into the input tray.
    • Front-loading printers — insert the printed face up with the top edge in (booklet) or bottom edge in (tablet).
    • Rear-loading printers — insert the printed face down with the same edge position as above.
  • Now, choose ‘Even Only’ under ‘Pages to Print’.
  • Under the ‘Page Order’ menu, choose Normal if the input tray is at the front or Automatic if it’s at the top rear.
  • Click Print.

Wrap Up

There you have it, a simple guide on how to print double-sided on HP printers in Windows or Mac.

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