Double-sided printing is also referred to as duplex printing. If you have sent your print job from the computer as a normal, single-sided job and want to make it double-sided, you can change this when you release your print job from the printer.

On the printer touchscreen:

  1. Select the job you wish to print double-sided.
  2. Tap Options.
  3. Under the Duplex option choose Long Edge (for portrait documents) or Short Edge (for landscape documents).
  4. Tap the Print + Delete button.

If you use a Canon printer and do a lot of double-sided printing or printing that requires stapling, you can set this as your default option in your print settings as follows:


  1. Go to your Windows system settings for Printers & scanners.
  2. Click on your default printer then click on the Manage button.
  3. Click on Printer Properties.
  4. In the General tab, click on Preferences…
  5. Under Output Options for Duplex, select Long Edge (for portrait documents).
  6. Under Stapling, select where you prefer your printed matter to be stapled — Left Upper is the usual choice.
  7. Click OK twice.


  1. Go to Apple > System Preferences, then click Printers & Scanners.
  2. Select your default printer from the list.
  3. Click Options & Supplies…, then click the Driver tab.
  4. Make sure the Duplex Unit checkbox is ticked.
  5. Click on the Options tab, and make sure that the Output Options drop-down menu has selected Staple Finisher Y1.
  6. Click OK.

For other printer models, please consult the manual or check with your departmental printer administrator.

Printing is charged per side printed, not per page, so printing on double-sided pages will not be cheaper.

Last updated 23/07/2021 11.59 AM

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