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How to Print Double-Sided in Microsoft Word 2023

It’s a good idea to print double-sided to take advantage of both sides of the paper. Double-sided printing may help you to save paper, cut printing costs, and reduce your printing’s environmental impact. If you’re printing a lot of documents.
Simply put, if you’re using Microsoft Word to create documents, you can change your printer settings to print double-sided, which means duplex printing. Are you ready to learn how to print double-sided through your printer? Here’s how to use it on a PC.

How to Allow Word’s Automatic Double-Sided Printing

Unless your printer supports it, you can customize Word to print on both sides of a document without manually feeding the page back. If it does, you can customize your printer to do this for you.

  1. Open the document you want to print and go to the “File” menu.
  2. Select “Print.” from the left navigation.
  3. In the print menu, tap the “More settings” hyperlink.
  4. You’ll find two Print on Both Sides selections with various feed methods in the Settings section. Each option will be accompanied by a description of the methods. Select either Print on Both Sides (Flip pages on long edge) or Print on Both Sides (Flip pages on short edge) (Flip pages on short edge).
  5. Tab to print your document using your chosen duplex printing method, click Print.

Always test this on a non-critical document first. If the automatic double-sided printing works, repeat these steps for any additional documents you want to print.

How to Print Double-Sided in Microsoft Word

How to Make Double-Sided Printing Your Windows PC’s Default

  1. Press the “Begin” button.
  2. Scroll down until you find the “Settings” app and select it.
  3. Select “Devices.”
  4. Select “Printers and Scanners.”
  5. Choose the printing device you intend to use.
  6. From the dropdown menu that appears, select “Manage” or “Manage Your Device”.
  7. In the left-hand column, click the “Printing Preferences” link.
  8. A dialogue box should appear. Navigate to the “Printing Shortcut” tab.
  9. If your printer has a duplexing unit and can print on both sides automatically, check the “Two-sided Duplex Printing” box.
  10. Select “User Specified Print Settings” if you need to manually feed paper into your printer to print on both sides.
  11. Choose “Flip on Long Edge” or “Flip on Short Edge” from the “Print on both sides manually” dropdown.
  12. Press the “Apply” button.
  13. Select “Save.”

How to Print on Both Sides Manually in Word

You can do it manually if your printer does not support automatic double-sided printing. To accomplish this, feed each page you print back into the printer to ensure it prints on the other side.

This is not a good idea for long documents because it will take a long time. If you want to proceed, however, follow the steps below.

  1. Press the File button to open your Word document.
  2. Print can be found in the left-hand menu.
  3. Select Manually Print on Both Sides from the drop-down menu in the Settings section.


Word will prompt you to feed your printed page back through the printer after each page. Make sure to correctly flip the page so that it prints on the other side.

If you’re not sure, try a few test prints on a non-critical document. If the steps are successful, you can repeat them for additional documents.


Why won’t Word let me print double-sided?

Choose File, Print… from the Word menu. The Two-Sided dialog box can be found under the Layout option. There will be no duplex printing if it is turned off (duh). Duplex printing will be enabled whether the binding is Long-Edge or Short-Edge.

How do I enable double-sided printing?

  1. Control Panel > Start menu
  2. Select “Printers and Faxes” and then right-click your primary printer.
  3. Select “Printing Preferences” and then the “Finishing” tab.
  4. Check the box next to “Print on both sides.”
  5. Click “Apply” to make the setting the default.

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