How to Print Double Sided on Mac Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave & Earlier: Notes, PDF, Word & etc..

Last Updated on Nov 12, 2020

Now and then we require printing the files. However, at some point, we need a hard copy of the file. A wide range of printers are available to choose the best for you, but some will support double-sided print and some will not. So if you are looking to print two-sided files on Mac, then you should have a duplex printer with you. Otherwise, you will not be able to print double-sided files on Mac and put yourself in trouble.

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Instantly you can print the double-sided files on Mac using Word, Pages and PDFs use Safari or Preview. With all such applications, you will get an option to print the documents. Keep in mind that the file you selected for double-sided printing must be at least two-pages long.

Settings for print your document is the same on Mac models. iMac, MacMini, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air.

3 Settings for Dual Side Print on Mac OS X (1)

Before starting with how to print double-sided documents on Mac, read the note below.

NOTE: To print double-sided documents or files, you must have a compatible duplex printer. The printer should be able to print at least two pages long. Two pages will be printed serially, Like the First page will print on the first side of the paper and the Second page will print on the backside of the printed paper. So, We can print like Books.

Steps For Print Double Sided on Mac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Mini

Note: We can print the double side of the paper in serial number with Duplex Printer only. Here’s the best buying option to purchase it that helps in saving time and money.

  • Step #1: Firstly, open the document or file that you want to open two-sided on your Mac. Use Pages or Word, Office, Safari, Preview, Apps or any other application to open documents.
  • Step #2: Open the file menu and choose “Print(Command + P) from the options. [All Printing options are hidden, Show all by a tap on “Show Details” button]
  • Step #3: Next, choose “Copies & Pages”.
  • Step #4: Click on “Layout”.
  • Step #5: Select in Two-Sided: You can select one of the options “Long-Edge binding” or “Short-Edge binding” from the Two-Sided menu as per your requirement.
  • Step #6: Even there are more options like size, layout direction, etc. before printing the document.

1 Print Double Sided on Mac

In case if you want to disable double-sided printing then turn it off from a “Two-Sided” option in step #5.

Last time I got the question in my quick tips section, Someone asked me when my two-sided printing Mac Greyed out and set to off by default. Reasons are the Printer not connected to your system or set up in the wrong way.


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  • Go to the “Apple menu” > “System Preferences” > “Print and Fax” > Click on the “Printer” > “Options and Supplies {Settings}” > “Driver Tab” and Checked/ Set to “Duplexing”.

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How to Print Two-Sided PDF on Mac with Mojave & Earlier

print double-sided on mac pdf is as simpler as printing files on Mac. Here’s how to print two-sided PDF on Mac.

  • Step #1: Open the PDF file that you want to print.
  • Step #2: From the File Menu click on “Print”. Select “Layout” under the orientation.

2 Print Double Sided on Mac on PDF

  • Step #3: Check the box of the “Two-Sided” option. Set to “Long-Edge binding” or “Short-Edge binding” and select as per your requirement.

That’s it! Enjoy double-sided document printing on Mac. I hope you are enjoying amazing features on your Mac for printing at your Office, Business, and Home use. Share this guide with your friends or anyone who’s looking to downgrade from the macOS version. Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus, and YouTube.

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