Double-sided printing or duplex printing is printing on both sides of the paper, like printing in books. Double-sided printing helps the environment by cutting the number of pages required for printing in half—thereby cutting down overall paper usage substantially. Sometimes, specific documents also require duplex printing, such as when printing a book or journal.
Printing basically depends on the type and functionality of the printer attached to the computer.
While some printers offer automated double-sided printing, many do not.
With Microsoft Word, it is possible to print double-sided on all types of printers, allowing three methods of duplex printing—one each for printers that can print double-sided and flip papers automatically, for printers that can print double-sided but require manual paper flipping, and for regular manual printers. These are three methods:
- Automatic Double Sided Printing – For printers supporting double-sided printing
- Printing using Manual Flip – For printers which require a manual flip
- Manual Double-sided printing– For standard printers