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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Print Double-Sided on Windows 11

 Windows 11 logo on a dark blue shadow background

How to Print Double-Sided for an Individual Job on Windows 11

To print on both sides of the paper for a single print job, use this method.

First, open the document you want to print in a supported app. For example, if you want to print a WordPad document, open the document in the WordPad app.

In WordPad (or any other program where you open your document), press Ctrl+P to open the print window. To use a menu bar option to open this window, click File > Print in most apps.

Click File > Print to print.

You will see a “Print” window on your screen. Here, select your printer and then click the “Preferences” button.

Click "Preferences" on the "Print" window.

On the “Printing Preferences” window that opens, enable the “Duplex Printing (Manual)” option. Then, at the bottom of this window, click “OK.”

Tip: If your printer offers a “Duplex Printing (Automatic)” option, select that here. This way, you will not have to manually insert the pages into your printer.

Enable the "Duplex Printing (Manual)" option on the "Printing Preferences" window.

You are now back to the “Print” window. Here, click “Apply” and then click “Print” to print your document on both sides of the paper.

Click "Apply" followed by "Print" on the "Print" window.

And that’s how you make use of both sides of your papers while printing documents!

How to Make Double-Sided Printing the Default on Windows 11

To make it so your Windows 11 PC always prints on both sides of the paper, you can modify an option in the Settings app on your PC.


To do so, open the Settings app by using the Windows+i keyboard shortcut. In Settings, from the left sidebar, select “Bluetooth & Devices.”

Click "Bluetooth & Devices" in Settings.

On the “Bluetooth & Devices” page, click “Printers & Scanners.”

Click "Printers & Scanners" on the "Bluetooth & Devices" page in Settings.

On the “Printers & Scanners” page, select your printer.

Select a printer on the "Printers & Scanners" page in Settings.

Your printer’s page will open. At the top of this page, click the “Printer Settings” tab. Then select “Printing Preferences.”

Click "Printer Settings" and then click "Printing Preferences" in Settings.

You will see your printer’s preferences window. Here, activate the “Duplex Printing (Manual)” option. Then, at the bottom of this window, click “Apply” and then click “OK.”

Enable "Duplex Printing (Manual)" and click "Apply" followed by "OK" in Settings.

And that’s it. Double-sided print is now the default print option on your Windows 11 PC.

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