A handy feature of PowerPoint is the ability to print handouts of each slide to distribute to the audience or attendees of a presentation. A hard copy often allows for greater retention of important material, and can assist the viewer in comprehending facts when read along during the presentation. PowerPoint presentations can be long, and use up a great deal of paper. If you want to be more practical in your paper usage, your printer's drivers may have a double-sided printing option. PowerPoint itself does not provide the functionality to print double-sided.
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Things you need
- Printer with double-sided capabilities
Open the PowerPoint presentation you want to print out. Click on the Microsoft Office button in the upper-left corner of the window. Scroll down to the "Print" pane, then choose "Print" in the "Preview and print the document" option on the right side of the window.
Click on "Properties" on the right side of the "Print" dialogue box. Locate the "Print what" pane at the lower-left of the window. Click on the Down arrow to select the "Handouts" option from the menu. Select how many slides you want to put on the page. Choose an option from the "Color/grayscale" pane. Choose the orientation you want to print your slides at next to the "Order" button. When your preferred settings are selected, choose the "Properties" button again.
Click on the "Finishing" tab at the top of the "Properties" window. Check "2-Sided Printing," then click "OK" to return to the print window. Click "OK" in the print window to send the PowerPoint file to the printer.