It never fails. At work, school, or randomly on the street, whenever I am given a packet of information, it is never double sided. The worst part of it is, most of the information is destined for the trash (or paper recycling, if you have it). How much paper would be saved if this stuff was simply printed on double sided paper? Even more appalling is that businesses and schools typically have large industrial printer/copiers that can do all of the hard work for you, but people still don't use the doubled sided print settings.

Although I can't show you how on each individual brand of printer, I will show you how you can easily print double sided from home on the two most common types of household printers: top load and front load.

It usually takes only a minute to do (or a lot less once you you get the hang of it), but will instantly reduce your paper usage! How much paper can you save? that all depends on what you normally print. I do this on practically everything!

Before you point out that some programs like MS Word have an option for "Manual Duplex" printing that help with this process, this is not available in every situation, and the beginning process I have laid out is beneficial in knowing how to reload your paper even if using that feature is the route you want to go.

Step 1: Requirements

If you are reading this guide, you most likely already have everything you will need, but in case you are wondering, these are the requirements for this Instructable:

A Printing Source - I say "Source" and not computer because there are so many different devices that can be used with a computer including tablets and smart phones (all of which are technically computers anyway, but I try to avoid confusion). You also need to be able to modify printer settings on your device. This is typically achievable by any user.

Printer - Their are two primary types of printers found in homes: 
  1. Top Loading - This kind of printer has a paper tray at the top of the printer. The printed paper then comes out the front.
  2. Front Loading - This kind of printer has a paper tray on the front of the printer, usually underneath of where the printed paper comes out of. 
The first few steps of this guide will help you understand how your particular printer functions, while the final few steps will show you how to print double sided.
I love the ideas you have presented here. My biggest problem is our printer mis-feeds and no matter what I do (clean rolls, change paper and hand feed) I can't get it to double side unless I only do 3 sheets at a time. Are there printers that have better feeding systems? I've used Epson, Brother and HP.
I couldn't say. Of all the printers I have used, they have all always misbehaved at some point. I once found a crushed up piece of candy corn in one of the mechanisms in college, although that is probably more my fault than the printers...
You did not consider printers that take paper from a drawer: the paper snakes around two drums!
Well, the front load printers usually consist of a front loading drawer. Of course I couldn't &quot;accurately&quot; draw the internal mechanisms of every kind of printer, but every front drawer loading printer I have ever worked with behaves in this manner: paper goes, is turned over, and comes back out in the opposite direction with the side facing you in the drawer now on the bottom. <br> <br>In any case, I hoped the steps I provided in the next few steps would allow anyone with any type of printer to figure out how their paper is oriented when it prints so they could repeat the process.
nice, I hadn't thought of doing it in a batch like this.
Yeah, it would be nice if people would actually do it though... <br>

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