UTBEAT - U of T Biology Environmental Action Team


Thesis double-siding tips

CSB and EEB now accept double-sided theses. Below are a few tips for printing your thesis double-sided, just like a real book.

Also, be sure to submit your thesis electronically to SGS.

Paper weight

The text of the a page will be faintly visible on the opposite side if you use paper of standard weight. While this does not interfere with reading, you may prefer the aesthetic of slightly thicker paper.


  • The easiest way to ensure your margins appear properly is to have 1.25" margins on both the left and right. (This is in conformance with SGS guidelines which require a minimum of 1.25" on the left and a minimum of 0.75" on the right

  • Alternatively, you can select the Mirror pages option in Word in the Page setup panel. This means that when two pages face each other, their margins will be mirror images of each other, as in a book. It will not change the width of the lines of text, so if you've already formatted your thesis, it will not affect page numbers.

Common issues

  • Landscape-format pages - these are best printed manually to ensure that they are oriented correctly relative to the page printed on the other side
  • Printing sections separately
    • unless you've set double-siding as your default, your computer may reset itself to single-siding each time you print. Be sure to re-select double-siding each time.
    • don't lose track of which pages go on the same sheet (e.g. know whether pages 55 & 56 or pages 55 & 54 go together)
  • Print the first two pages single-sided. This is likely not required, but preferred.

Where to bind your thesis

We've found that some locations are happy to bind double-sided theses, while others are oddly opposed (no persuasive reasons have yet been given, but please let us know if you hear of any). One double-siding friendly binder is the University of Toronto Press, located at 245 College near Spadina.


How to double-side

Want to save trees, energy and money? Check out this guide to double-sided printing at home and at school.

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