How to make double sided copies

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How to make double sided copies
Any copier or printer is capable of making double-sided copies. (copy machine image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com)

Capable of printing on one side or both sides, printers and copiers let you make duplicates of reports, signs, flyers and other documents all without having to leave your home or office. Double-sided copies save on paper costs and lets you bundle information on one sheet of paper instead of two. Making double-sided copies is possible even on copiers and printers that don't have an automatic duplex function--an add-on device that turns the paper over and prints the second side.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Copier or printer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Raise the copier's platen.

  2. 2

    Place the document you want to copy face down on the copier's glass.

  3. 3

    Press the "Copy" button. Remove the copy from the copier.

  4. 4

    Place the printed-side face up in the copier's paper tray so the paper will turn to the blank side and make your second copy.

    Note, make sure the text/graphics on the other side of the document is facing the back of the copier so your text/graphics are not copied upside down.

  5. 5

    Raise the copier's platen. Turn the original document over so the other side of the paper is face down on the copier's glass.

  6. 6

    Press the "Copy" button.

  1. 1

    Open the application you want to print the copy from.

  2. 2

    Click "File" and "Print."

  3. 3

    Click on the circle next to "Pages." Enter "1" in the box next to "Pages." Click "OK."

  4. 4

    Remove the document from your printer.

  5. 5

    Place the document printed-side up in the printer's paper tray, if using an inkjet printer with a front-loading tray. If using a top-loading tray, place the document printed side down in the tray.

    If using a laser printer, place the printed side face up in the printer's paper tray.

  6. 6

    Click "File" and "Print."

  7. 7

    Click on the circle next to the wording "Pages." Enter "2" in the box next to "Pages." Click "OK."

  1. 1

    Click "File" and "Print." Click "Properties."

  2. 2

    Click on the check box or circle next to the wording "Duplex."

  3. 3

    Select "Long edge" or "Short edge" to tell the printer how to flip the document (if printing an 8 1/2-inch-by-11-inch document, select "Long Edge" or "Side").

    Note, this option may be labelled "Top" or "Side" and may not be available on all printer dialogue boxes).

  4. 4

    Click "OK" to close the "Properties" dialogue box.

  5. 5

    Click "OK" to print your double-sided document.

Tips and warnings

  • If your copier is equipped with a two-sided copying option button, raise the copier's platen. Place the double-sided document face down on the copier's glass. Press the "2>2 Sided" or similar wording button then press "Copy" to make a double-sided copy.

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