How to print double-sided on a Windows PC using any printer

Cris Cantón/Getty ImagesThe process for printing doubled-sided depends on your printer model and what computer program you’re printing from.
  • You can print double-sided on your Windows PC as a default setting or on a per-job basis.
  • To print double-sided on your Windows computer for a single print job, you’ll need to access the “Print” menu in the appropriate program and use the advanced settings link, such as “More settings.”
  • If you always want your Windows PC to print double-sided, make it your default setting in the “Devices” menu via the Windows Control Panel or Settings app.
  • If your printer doesn’t have double-sided printing capabilities, the option to duplex print will likely not show up as an adjustable setting.
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Printing double-sided is a no-brainer move. You lower your printer’s energy use and save on paper, which ultimately saves trees. Plus, if you’re printing a large project, you only have to carry around half the weight.

Despite there being plenty of advantages to printing projects double-sided, it is not the default setting on your PC. Luckily, Windows gives users the option to set duplex printing in two different ways. You can either select double-sided printing for each job in the print window settings or set duplex printing as your device’s default preference through the Settings app on your Windows PC.

Not all printers have duplex printing capabilities, so you’ll need to check your printer manual or contact your printer manufacturer to make sure you can print double-sided. If your printer doesn’t double-sided printing capabilities, you won’t see the option to adjust it.

If you already know your printing device has double-sided printing available, here’s how to do it on a Windows PC.

How to print double-sided for a single print job on a Windows PC

1. Open the document you want to print and select “File.”

2. Choose “Print.”

3. In the print menu, click the hyperlink that says, “More settings.”

How to print double sided on Windows 1Melanie Weir/Business InsiderThe ‘More Settings’ menu lets you set the paper size, tray, collation, and more.

4. In the window that appears, click the dropdown menu labelled “Duplex Printing.”

How to print double sided on Windows 2Melanie Weir/Business InsiderDuplex printing means your printer will automatically print on both sides without you doing any work.
  • Note: Depending on which Windows operating system, printer and program you are working with, you may be given the option to “Print on both sides” or “Manually print on both sides.”
How to print double sided on Windows 10Melanie Weir/Business InsiderIf your printer doesn’t have automatic double-sided printing capabilities, you may be able to do it manually.

5. If available, choose one of the “print double-sided” options. “Flip on long edge” means that the pages will flip like a book — “flip on short edge” means they will flip like a notepad.

How to print double sided on Windows 3Melanie Weir/Business InsiderYou’ll need to decide which side you want the pages to flip on.

6. Select “OK.”

7. Click “Print.”

How to set double-sided printing as your default on a Windows PC

1. Click the “Start” button.

2. Scroll until you see the “Settings” app, then select it.

How to print double sided on Windows 4Abbey White/Business InsiderApps on Windows 10 computers are sorted alphabetically.

3. Choose “Devices.”

How to print double sided on Windows 5Abbey White/Business InsiderThe ‘Devices’ menu should be one of the first options listed.

4. Click “Printers & Scanners.”

How to print double sided on Windows 6Abbey White/Business InsiderThe ‘Printers & Scanners’ menu allows you to control the devices connected to your computer.

5. Select the printing device you plan to use.

How to print double sided on Windows 7Abbey White/Business InsiderYou should make this your default printer to avoid printing single-sided with another device.

6.Click the “Manage” or “Manage Your Device” option from the dropdown menu that appears.

How to print double sided on Windows 8Abbey White/Business Insider6. Click the ‘Manage’ or ‘Manage Your Device’ option from the dropdown menu that appears.

7. Select the “Printing Preferences” link from the left-hand column.

How to print double sided on Windows 9Abbey White/Business InsiderThis menu will let you set double-sided printing as the default if your printer has the capability.

8. A dialogue window should appear. Select the “Printing Shortcut” tab.

9. If your printer has a duplexing unit and can automatically print on both sides, select “Two-sided Duplex Printing” from the “Printing Shortcuts” box.

10. If you have to manually feed paper into your printer to print on both sides, select “User Specified Print Settings.”

11. Select the “Print on both sides manually” dropdown and choose between “Flip on Long Edge” or “Flip on Short Edge.”

12. Click “Apply.”

13. Choose “Save.”

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