Using Duplex Printing

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 8, 2018)

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Some (but not all) printers support duplexing, meaning that they allow printing on both sides of a piece of paper. Assuming that you have a printer that supports duplexing, and that you have a printer driver that supports it, you can turn it on by following these steps:

  1. Press Ctrl+P to display the Print dialog box (Excel 2007) or printing options (Excel 2010 or a later version).
  2. From the list of available printers, select the printer on which you want the document printed.
  3. Click on the Properties button (Excel 2007) or Printer Properties link (Excel 2010 or a later version). Excel displays a Properties dialog box for the printer you selected.
  4. Look through the tabs in the dialog box to locate the controls for duplexing. They may be named something like Flip on Long Edge, Flip on Short Edge, 2-sided Printing, or Print on Both Sides. (The exact wording depends on the type of printer driver you have installed.)
  5. Close the Properties dialog box.
  6. Use the controls in the Print dialog box (Excel 2007) or printing options (Excel 2010 or a later version) to print your worksheet as you normally would.

It is important to remember that this tip only works for printers that support duplex printing.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2017-02-11 03:57:22

Bob L.

I am using Excel 2016 with a Brother laser printer and cannot get any spreadsheet to duplex even though I set the printer for duplex. I get the same result as Sharlie. I did not have this problem with Excel 2013.


2017-02-10 08:55:33

Doug

Nice yet how do I control the duplex/single sided setting from VBA?
This may be possible but most say no.


2016-03-08 23:30:27

Thana

how to print front and back in excel


2015-07-12 20:14:37

Sharlie Huffman

I am using Office 13 and this tip does not work. I put the printer properties to duplex and the print command to print the workbook double sided and nada - each sheet comes out separately. It will not double side across sheets.


2015-06-03 12:50:28

KT

I am now using Excel 2013 and this Tip does not work. Under "Finishing", the only option is to "Print on Both Sides (Manually). This means I have to go to the printer and flip the pages over. My older versions of Excel printed on both sides just fine.


2014-01-30 09:04:57

Amy

Our office uses Excel 2007, and this tip does not work. I don't have any trouble printing double-sided, but I can't find an option to "flip on short side."


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