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How to print double-sided documents

Using both sides of each sheet of paper is very simple and can help save money, energy, and trees.  Double-sided documents also save space and weigh half as much as single-sided documents.  Below is your guide to printing double-sided at home and at school.

1. Double-siding at school

Locations on St. George campus with double-sided printing

  • Robarts Library
  • Gerstein Library
  • Noranda Earth Sciences Library (Earth Sciences Centre)
  • CQUEST lab (Ramsay Wright)

U of T library printing basics

If you have never printed at a U of T library before, be sure to allow enough time BEFORE the paper is due to familiarise yourself with the process.

Step 1: Obtain UTORid and password.  You need this username to log in to the computers in every library on campus. To get a UTORid go to https://www.utorid.utoronto.ca/ or visit the help desk at the back of the Robarts Information Commons.

Step 2: Load $$ onto your T-card. This is to cover the cost of printing.  Note that the printing prices listed are per printed side, NOT per sheet of paper.  You can load money at machines at various locations around campus, some of which are:

  • On the main floor of Robarts
  • By the photocopiers on the main floor in Gerstein
  • Earth Sciences DOES NOT have a card loader
  • In the CQUEST lab (RW211)

Step 3: You are ready to print!

    1. Select File > Print

    2. At Robarts, Gerstein, and Noranda you will see a Print panel that appears similar or identical to that shown below. Select the Properties button.


3. Select Flip on long edge (as shown below)


4. Even better, if you're printing lecture notes, select 2 pages per sheet from drop-menu (below) to print four pages on a single sheet of paper!


CQUEST printing

The CQUEST lab is located in Ramsey Wright 211. If you are taking at least one course in the Faculty of Arts and Science, you are eligible for a CQUEST account.  Please refer to http://www.cquest.utoronto.ca/ to request an account and for more details. Printing double-sided at CQUEST labs is your easiest and most affordable option. Printing costs approximately 6.7 cents/page (current as of 2007), and since it is the default option, you won't have to change the print settings!


2. Automated double-siding at home

The following is a general guide to printing double-sided at home. Keep in mind that individual printers and computers differ, so your system may not match the descriptions below.

For PCs:

    1. Select File > Print

    2. PCs typically have a Properties button adjacent to the drop-down menu (as shown below). Select this button.


3. Select the Layout tab if it is not already selected.

4. Select Flip on long edge (as shown below)


For Macs:

1. Select File > Print

2. Select Layout from the drop-down menu that says Copies & Pages

3. Select Long-Edge Binding (next to "Two Sided Printing")


(image from Department of Computer Science, U of T)


3. Manual double-siding at home

Manual double-siding requires more tinkering than automated double-sided printing. If your computer does not have an automated setting, you can try the following:

1. Select File > Print

2. Print all the odd pages of your document (1, 3, 5, etc.). There is generally a drop-down menu that allows you to select this option.

3. Feed the printed pages back into the printer

4. Print even pages only.

Key issues to note:

a. Ensure that pages flip on the long edge (see box on right for description).

b. When beginning, try printing only two pages to determine the correct orientation of pages fed into the printer

c. Be sure to order the pages correctly, so that page 1 and 2 are on the opposite sides of the same sheet, pages 3 and 4 are on the same sheet and so on.


4. Other paper-saving tips

In addition to printing double sided, you can

  • Photocopy one-sided and two-sided originals on both sides or two pages to a side
  • Reclaim single-sided documents for scrap, note-taking, or draft printing.
  • Print double-sided (see below for instructions)
  • Print or photocopy two or four pages to a side (particularly great for printing your lecture notes), squeezing up to 8 pages on a single sheet of paper!



Table of Contents

1. Double-siding at school

2. Automated double-siding at home
3. Manual double-siding at home
4. Other paper-saving tips


What is "long-edged binding"?

Long-edged binding means that when pages are turned from right to left, as in a book, the text is oriented correctly (never upside down).

Photo in banner by Jenny Downing, creative commons