How to Set A Printer To Automatically Print On Two Sides

With the right machine, you can do two-sided printing.
With the right machine, you can do two-sided printing. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Setting a printer to automatically print on both sides will save money, space and time. It means using less ink and paper, while freeing you from monitoring the printing of each page. At the same time, producing less paper means having more room in your files. Setting the printer is a straightforward process.

Find out if your printer is designed for automatic two-sided printing, also called deluxe or double-sided printing. Go to your Printer Properties dialog box found under Printer Setup.

Use the right paper. Very thin paper will cause ink to bleed through; thick paper may cause a printer jam. The best paper for double-sided printing is 16 to 28 lbs. When doing heavy items such as brochures, HP Premium paper is ideal. When using paper thicker than that, automatic double-sided printing is not suggested; however, manual double-printing is still doable.

Find your printer setup box again and select the Options box.

Select the Two-sided (Duplex) Printing tab.

Go to the next row and click the automatic setting.

Tips & Warnings

  • Setting a printer to print on both sides of the paper automatically will save money, space, and time.
  • Computers and printers may vary on setup for double side printing. See printers manual for complete information, if available.

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