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How to Create a Double-Sided Document in Word

Updated February 21, 2017

Microsoft Word allows users to create documents filled with text, graphics and other information. If your materials, such as brochures, newsletters or reports, can't be contained on a single side of a page, you're able to create double-sided documents just as you would a regular page. As you work in Word, the software automatically adds a new page for you when you come to the end of a first. Double-sided document creation gives you twice as much space on the same sheet of paper.

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  1. Open Word, which automatically defaults into a single, blank page on the screen. Begin typing the document, such as a headline or a list of tasks.

  2. Highlight the words and use the controls in the Font section of the ribbon at the top of the screen to change the font, increase text size and change text colour.

  3. Add images to the document by clicking the "Insert" tab at the top of the page and clicking the "Clip Art" button below it. Type a description into the Search For box and click "Go," then double-click a graphic to add it to the document. Repeat to add more graphics.

  4. Add a logo, photograph or other item by clicking the "Insert" tab and clicking the "Picture" button below it. Click "Browse" and navigate to the item to add. Double-click it and it is added to the document.

  5. Press the "Ctrl" and "Enter" buttons on the keyboard to add another page to the Word document if you haven't already got to the bottom of the first page and had Word automatically create your next page.

  6. Type additional information like "Continued from page 1" or "Please flip over" as desired to make your readers aware that your document is double sided.

  7. Click the "File" tab, click "Save As" and type a name for the document. Save it to your computer.

  8. Click the "File" tab and click "Print." Pull down the "Print One Sided" menu and select "Manually Print on Both Sides." Nudge the Number of Copies box up to the number of times to print the document (both sides) and click the "Print" button.

  9. Tip

    Most basic, inexpensive home printers are not capable of printing double sided. If you have a large office printer, you'll be able to print double sided. Otherwise, after creating the double-sided document, you'll need to send the first page to your printer, flip it over, reinsert it into the print tray and print page two separately.

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About the Author

Filonia LeChat

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.

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