Printing on both sides has advantages as it allows for cutting the paper expenses in half, allows for a booklet formatting once printed, and in some cases, it might be mandatory. Documents such as theses, instruction booklets, and similar all follow the same format where both sides of the paper have content. Automatic printing on both sides is also referred to as two-sided printing or duplex printing, and it is a feature that not all printers come with. If you are in the process of purchasing a new printer, definitely consider this feature as it might change your outlook on the products you are looking at. If you are unsure about whether or not your printer supports duplex printing, it is best to refer to the official HP Printer Manual and look it up.
How to Set Up Duplex Printing On Your HP Printer?
The most feasible way of setting up duplex printing on your HP printer is to use the official HP printer software that comes bundled with the printer driver. Before we start, it is important to note that duplex printing on envelopes, glossy paper, or foil paper is not recommended as this can cause paper jams. Also, make sure that there is enough paper in the printer’s paper tray so that the printing job can be completed without interruptions.
Once these basic checks are done, you can proceed with the setup. In the document you are looking into duplex printing, go to the Print menu (usually File – Print, or press Ctrl + P on your keyboard) and select printer properties. There are two options for duplex printing, typical booklet or tablet format. The exact nomenclature might be different, so some additional checks might be in order. Usually, there will be a short description within the Layout tab with a graphical representation. Within the printing properties menu, search for Two-Sided or Duplex printing and adjust other options accordingly, such as flipping on the long edge for booklet printing or flipping on the short edge for tablet format.
Depending on the make and model of your printer, automatic duplex printing could be an option, but in case it is not, you can manually take the printed batch once it is completed, flip it face down and re-insert it into the printer’s tray. Instructions for this will be available within the program. Once the paper has been re-oriented, press Continue and your duplex print is completed.
Please note that this is just a basic overview of methods on how to print on both sides of the paper with an HP printer. We are working on a more detailed article that will cover all available options, including the HP software ones as well as pre-installed Windows and Mac settings.