Print two-sided automatically
Learn how to print on both sides of the page automatically
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Double-sided printing, also referred to as two-sided or duplex printing, allows you to print on both sides of the page, cutting your paper use by up to 50%. Find out how to determine your printer’s automatic duplexing capabilities, and how to adjust your printer settings to use them.
Automatic duplexing benefits
Automatic double-sided printing can cut your paper use by up to 50%!
Automatic double-sided printing allows you to print on both sides of the page without having to stand by flipping pages. Automatic duplexing can also help you:
Save money: Cut your paper use by up to 50%. And, if you make automatic duplexing your default printer setting, you can save paper every time you print.
Shrink your carbon footprint: Beyond the trees used to make paper, transporting and producing paper has an environmental impact, too; imagine reducing that impact by half!
Your printer’s capabilities
This icon in the Printer Shortcuts tab of your Printer Properties is an indication that two-sided printing is already set up.
To find out if your printer supports duplex printing, refer to your printer manual or look for the Two-sided (Duplex printing) or Print on both sides drop-down menu in the Printer Properties dialog box on your PC (sometimes found in the Printer Shortcuts tab).
If you can’t locate any of these options in your printer manual or Printer Properties dialog box, you may not have driver support for duplexing or automatic duplexing. However, there are always the options to Print double-sided manually, or Find a printer with automatic duplexing capabilities.
If your printer does offer built-in automatic duplexing, keep reading to see how to use it.
Print two-sided automatically
Step 2: Choose the Printing Shortcuts tab, and then select Two-sided (Duplex) Printing
It only takes a few simple steps to set your printer options to automatic duplexing:
Step 1: Go to your PC’s Print dialog box and click on Properties.
Step 2: Click on the Printing Shortcuts tab, and select Two-sided (Duplex) Printing from the drop-down menu.
Step 3: Select Automatic from the Print on both sides drop-down menu. (See picture at left)
For detailed visuals outlining automatic duplexing, watch the short demo above.
Find a printer
Quality and convenience: The HP Officejet Pro 8600 e-All-in-One offers automatic two-sided printing plus a host of other convenient features.
Get a printer that allows you to print double-sided without having to wait and reinsert the pages yourself.
Color All-in-Ones and multifunction printers
HP Photosmart 6510 e-All-in-One
HP Photosmart 6520 e-All-in-One
HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One
HP Officejet 6700 Premium e-All-in-One
HP Officejet Pro 8600 e-All-in-One
HP LaserJet Pro 400 Color MFP M475dw
There are many more HP printers with this feature. Visit the HP Printer Buying Guides to compare HP printers, side by side, to find the one that fits your needs.