Windows 11 logo on a dark blue shadow background

Want to save paper? You can print on both sides of the paper for individual print jobs as well as all future printing tasks. We’ll show you how to configure both of these options on your Windows 11 PC.

Depending on your printer type, you will use either manual duplex printing or automatic duplex printing. If your printer supports automatic duplex printing, the subsequent pages for your print job will automatically be fed into your printer. On manual duplex printers, you will have to manually add the pages to your printer to print on both sides of the paper. In this guide, we’ll use a manual duplex printer.

RELATED: How to Stop Two-Side Printing From Being the Default in macOS

How to Print Double-Sided for an Individual Job on Windows 11

To print on both sides of the paper for a single print job, use this method.

First, open the document you want to print in a supported app. For example, if you want to print a WordPad document, open the document in the WordPad app.

In WordPad (or any other program where you open your document), press Ctrl+P to open the print window. To use a menu bar option to open this window, click File > Print in most apps.

Click File > Print to print.

Advertisement

You will see a “Print” window on your screen. Here, select your printer and then click the “Preferences” button.

Click "Preferences" on the "Print" window.

On the “Printing Preferences” window that opens, enable the “Duplex Printing (Manual)” option. Then, at the bottom of this window, click “OK.”

Tip: If your printer offers a “Duplex Printing (Automatic)” option, select that here. This way, you will not have to manually insert the pages into your printer.

Enable the "Duplex Printing (Manual)" option on the "Printing Preferences" window.

You are now back to the “Print” window. Here, click “Apply” and then click “Print” to print your document on both sides of the paper.

Click "Apply" followed by "Print" on the "Print" window.

And that’s how you make use of both sides of your papers while printing documents!

If you’re running into trouble printing in Microsoft Word, be sure to try our tips for troubleshooting your print issues.

RELATED: How to Troubleshoot Printing Issues in Microsoft Word

How to Make Double-Sided Printing the Default on Windows 11

To make it so your Windows 11 PC always prints on both sides of the paper, you can modify an option in the Settings app on your PC.

Advertisement

To do so, open the Settings app by using the Windows+i keyboard shortcut. In Settings, from the left sidebar, select “Bluetooth & Devices.”

Click "Bluetooth & Devices" in Settings.

On the “Bluetooth & Devices” page, click “Printers & Scanners.”

Click "Printers & Scanners" on the "Bluetooth & Devices" page in Settings.

On the “Printers & Scanners” page, select your printer.

Select a printer on the "Printers & Scanners" page in Settings.

Your printer’s page will open. At the top of this page, click the “Printer Settings” tab. Then select “Printing Preferences.”

Click "Printer Settings" and then click "Printing Preferences" in Settings.

You will see your printer’s preferences window. Here, activate the “Duplex Printing (Manual)” option. Then, at the bottom of this window, click “Apply” and then click “OK.”

Enable "Duplex Printing (Manual)" and click "Apply" followed by "OK" in Settings.

And that’s it. Double-sided print is now the default print option on your Windows 11 PC.


There are many options that you can manage for your printer, so that it works exactly the way you want. Check out our guide on that to learn what those options are.

RELATED: How to Manage a Printer in Windows 10

Profile Photo for Mahesh Makvana Mahesh Makvana
Mahesh Makvana is a freelance tech writer who specializes in writing how-to guides. He has been writing tech tutorials for over a decade now. He’s written for some of the prominent tech sites including MakeUseOf, MakeTechEasier, and Online Tech Tips.
Read Full Bio »

The above article may contain affiliate links, which help support How-To Geek.