Using Duplex Printing

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 30, 2018)

2

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. You should also remember that the availability of duplex printing will depend on the printer driver you are using with your printer. For instance, if your printer will handle duplex printing, but your printer driver doesn't include controls for duplex printing, then you won't be able to actually print in duplex.

This last point is particularly important and can, unfortunately, result in a bit of frustration. I remember having one printer that I purchased specifically because it would duplex print. When I installed it, however, all I could find (in step 4, above) was a control that said "Print on Both Sides (Manually)." I didn't want to manually print on both sides; I wanted to have Excel do it automatically. The problem wasn't the printer or Excel, but the printer driver—it wouldn't take advantage of the capabilities built into the printer. I had to bug the heck out of the printer manufacturer until they created a printer driver for Windows that would do the duplexing correctly.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8187) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365.

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. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Where Are Word's Settings Stored?

Ever wonder where Word stores all its settings and configuration information? There are only three places where this ...

Discover More

Document is Too Large for Word to Handle

Imagine trying to open a familiar document one day, only to find that Word gives you an error message that the file is ...

Discover More

Normal Words Flagged by Spell Check

What do you do when Word's spelling check marks some common, everyday words as wrong? Here are some ideas of places you ...

Discover More

Professional Development Guidance! Four world-class developers offer start-to-finish guidance for building powerful, robust, and secure applications with Excel. The authors show how to consistently make the right design decisions and make the most of Excel's powerful features. Check out Professional Excel Development today!

More ExcelTips (ribbon)

Specifying a Print Tray for a Worksheet

If you need to modify where a worksheet is printed (meaning, which paper tray it should use), Excel doesn't provide a lot ...

Discover More

Showing Print Preview for the Current Page

The Print Preview feature in Excel can be quite helpful. You might think it would be more helpful, though, if it ...

Discover More

Using the Keyboard to Control Page Display in Print Preview

Sometimes it is just easier to use the keyboard than it is to use the mouse. If you are a keyboard-oriented person, you ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in ExcelTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is two more than 5?

2018-07-03 10:55:43

Darin

Even if the print driver allows it, you may struggle with printing two-sided from multiple worksheets. My workaround is to print to PDF first, then print that on both sides.


2018-06-30 13:59:39

Al

This also works in Word.


This Site

Got a version of Excel that uses the ribbon interface (Excel 2007 or later)? This site is for you! If you use an earlier version of Excel, visit our ExcelTips site focusing on the menu interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in ExcelTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.