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. Click on the Apple icon in the top left corner of the screen and then System Preferences > Printers & Scanners.
  2. Click on the printer queue you want to use on the left-hand side, then click on Options & Supplies...

    Screenshot of printers and scanners dialogue box with printer queue selected and showing location of options and supplies button
  3. Click on the Options tab, and under Output Options make sure that 'Staple Finisher Y1' is listed and selected, then click OK.

    Screenshot showing options tab selected and output options drop-down menu with staple finisher Y1 selected
  4. Open the document you want to print and staple, then click on the menu File > Print.
  5. Click on the drop-down menu with Copies & Pages selected and select Finishing instead. If you do not see this drop-down menu, click Show Details in the lower left-hand corner of the dialogue box.

    Screenshot of print dialogue box showing copies and pages drop down menu and to instead select finishing from this list
  6. In the Staple drop-down menu, you can either click On to turn on the staple feature or click On (Eco (Staple-Free)).

    Screenshot of print dialogue box showing staple drop down menu
  7. From the Position drop-down menu, choose where you want the staple to be positioned. The image on the left-hand side of the dialogue box shows you where the printer will staple the document.

    Screenshot of print dialogue box showing position drop down menu and preview of where document will be stapled
  8. Click on the Print button.

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 27/10/2021 03.21 PM

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