How do I turn on double sided printing?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

To turn on double-sided printing, follow these steps:

1. Go to the Start menu on your computer and click on “Control Panel”. This will open the Control Panel window.

2. In the Control Panel window, look for the section labeled “Hardware and Sound” and click on “Printers and Faxes”. This will open the Printers and Faxes window, which displays all the printers installed on your computer.

3. In the Printers and Faxes window, locate your primary printer. Right-click on its icon and a menu will appear. Choose “Printing Preferences” from the menu. This will open the Printing Preferences window for your printer.

4. In the Printing Preferences window, you will see several tabs at the top. Click on the “Finishing” tab. This tab contains options related to the finishing features of your printer, such as double-sided printing.

5. On the Finishing tab, look for the option that says “Print on both sides” or “Duplex printing”. Check the box next to this option to enable double-sided printing.

6. Once you have checked the box for double-sided printing, click on the “Apply” button at the bottom of the window. This will apply the changes and set double-sided printing as the default option for your printer.

By following these steps, you have successfully turned on double-sided printing for your printer. From now on, whenever you print a document, the printer will automatically print on both sides of the paper, saving you time and reducing paper usage.

It is worth noting that not all printers support double-sided printing, so if you do not see the option in the Printing Preferences window, your printer may not have this feature. In that case, you can manually print on both sides by first printing all the odd-numbered pages, flipping the printed pages, and then printing all the even-numbered pages on the back. This method requires manual intervention but can still achieve double-sided printing.

I hope this detailed explanation helps you enable double-sided printing on your printer. If you have any further questions or face any issues, feel free to ask.