How to Print a Double-Sided PDF

Updated February 21, 2017

Portable Document Format files are found on several platforms, including Windows, Mac and Linux. The files let you embed graphics, charts, text and pictures. You can even include hyperlinks, so your readers can access additional information about the topic being discussed in the PDF. When printing PDF files, normally each page is printed separately, but you can also print on both sides of one sheet. This saves paper and reduces wear and tear on your printer.

Open the PDF file you want to print by double-clicking on the file's icon or name. Adobe Reader will launch and open the document.

Click "File" and "Print." Click on the check box next to "Reverse pages." Click on the down arrow next to "Subset:" and select "Even pages only."

Note: The "Reverse pages" option is not available on a PDF containing only one page.

Click "OK." The even pages will print. If using an inkjet printer, let the printed pages dry for two to three minutes.

Turn the printed pages face down if using a top-loading printer, or face up if using a bottom-loading printer, and reload them.

If using a laser printer, use the "Bypass" or "Manual feed" tray. Place the paper in the tray with the printed side face down.

Click "File" and "Print." Click on the check box next to "Reverse pages." Click on the down arrow next to "Subset:" and select "Odd pages only." Click "OK" to print the remaining pages of the document.


If your printer is equipped with a duplex unit (a device that automatically prints a document on both sides), click "File" and "Print" and then click on the "Properties" button. Select the "Duplex," "Two-sided (Duplex printing)" or "Long-edge" option. Click "OK." Click "OK" in the "Print" dialogue box to print your document. Note: Not all printers are equipped with a duplex unit. If you don't see a "Duplex" option among your "Print" dialogue box's "Properties," your printer is not equipped with a duplex unit.

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Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.