Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat let you print double-sided if your printer supports that feature. The printer driver controls the options, not Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader. Check your printer documentation to see what features your printer supports. (Double-sided printing is also called duplex, back to back, front and back, or two-sided printing.)


(Windows) Print double-sided

  1. In Acrobat or Reader, choose File > Print.

  2. Click Properties.

    Click Properties
  3. Click the Layout tab. This dialog varies printer to printer. It's possible that your dialog doesn't match the dialog boxes shown below.

    Click the Layout tab
  4. Make a selection from the Print On Both Sides pane. Depending on the printer driver, this pane can be called "Double-sided printing" or a similar name. If you don't see a Print on Both Sides pane, then your selected printer doesn’t support duplex printing. Or, the feature is turned off (see Verify that printer features are turned on).

  5. Click OK, and then click OK again to print.

 
 

(Windows) Verify that printer features are turned on

If you do not see a double-sided option, it's possible that feature isn't turned on.

  1. Choose Start > Printers And Faxes (Windows XP) or Start > Devices and Printers (Windows 7).

  2. Right-click your printer and choose Printing Preferences.
  3. Click Advanced.

  4. Expand Document Options > Printer Features.

  5. Select the desired options and then choose On from the pop-up menu. If you don't find duplex printing and stapling in the options, then your selected printer doesn’t support those features.

  6. Click OK, and then click OK again to exit the dialog box.

(Mac OS) Print double-sided

  1. Choose File > Print.

  2. (Reader X/Acrobat X) Click the Printer button at the bottom of the Print dialog box, and then click Yes when prompted.

    Click the Printer button
  3. Make sure that the Print dialog box is in the expanded mode by clicking the arrow to the right of the Printer pop-up menu.

    Expanded mode Print Dialog box
  4. In the Print dialog box, choose Layout from the pop-up menu.

    Choose Layout

    The Print dialog box with Layout selected from the mode pop-up menu. Long-edge binding is selected from the Two-Sided pop-up menu.

  5. From the Two-Sided pop-up menu, select a binding option.

  6. Click Print, and then click OK from the main Print dialog box.

Print double-sided using a single-sided printer

If your printer doesn't support double-sided printing, you can manually print your document using both sides of the paper. The steps vary depending on the way the printer feeds and outputs the pages. Print a few test pages following the instructions to understand how to feed the pages back into the printer.

Printer outputs paper face-down

Follow these instructions if the printer outputs the pages in numerical order (starting with page one). The pages exit the printer face down (common with laser printers).

  1. Choose File > Print.
  2. From the Subset pop-up menu In the Print Range area, select Even Pages Only.

    Select Even Pages Only from Subset menu, Print Range
  3. Select the Reverse Pages option. In this scenario, the Reverse Pages option ensures that the page sequence is correct.

  4. Click OK or Print.

  5. If the total number of pages is odd, add a blank sheet so the final odd page has a sheet to print on.

  6. Put the stack of printed paper back into the supply (source) paper tray so that the unprinted sides print. Point the top of the pages toward the printer. Make sure that the edges of the paper stack are square.

  7. Choose File > Print and select Odd Pages Only from the Subset menu. (Do not select Reverse Pages this time.)

    Choose File, Print Odd Pages Only
  8. Click OK or Print.

Printer outputs paper face-up

Follow these instructions if the printer outputs the pages in reverse order (last page first). The pages exit the printer face up (common with inkjet printers).

  1. Choose File > Print.

  2. From the Subset pop-up menu in the Print Range area, select Even Pages Only.

    Select Even Pages Only from Subset menu, Print Range
  3. Click OK or Print.

  4. If the total number of pages is odd, add a blank sheet so the final odd page has a sheet to print on.

  5. Put the stack of printed paper back into the supply (source) paper tray so that the unprinted sides print. Point the top of the pages toward the printer. Make sure that the edges of the paper stack are square.

  6. Choose File > Print and select Odd Pages Only from the Subset menu.

  7. Select the Reverse Pages option. In this scenario, the Reverse Pages option ensures that the page sequence is correct.

    Select the Reverse Pages option
  8. Click OK or Print.

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