How to Print Double Sided in PowerPoint
By James T Wood
PowerPoint relies on your printer for all printing options. If your printer supports double-sided printing, often called duplex printing, then PowerPoint can do it. If your printer doesn't support double-sided printing, you can still do it manually by printing the odd numbered pages, flipping the paper and then printing the even numbered pages.
Launch the PowerPoint presentation you want to print. Open the printing options either by clicking "File" and then "Print," or by pressing "Ctrl-P" on the keyboard.
Choose your printer from the drop-down menu under the Printer heading. Click "Printer Properties" under the drop-down menu. A dialog box will appear with the printing options.
Choose duplex printing from the dialog box. The location of the option varies by printer driver. If you can't locate it, check with your specific printer's manual for more help. Click "OK" when you're done.
Select the Settings for your PowerPoint printouts. The first drop-down menu lets you choose which slides you want to print. Here is where you could print just the odd pages first and then the even pages if you're manually duplexing.
Choose the printout type from the next drop-down menu. For example, you can print full slides, notes pages or handouts with multiple slides on a page. Choose how the slides are collated from the next drop-down and select either color, grayscale or black and white from the final drop-down.
Click the "Print" button in the upper left when you're done. If you're manually duplexing, you'll need to collect the odd pages once they print out, flip them over and put them back in the paper tray of your printer. The orientation of the pages will depend on how your printer feeds paper. Again, check your printer's manual for details.
If your printer supports duplex printing, but you don't see the option listed in the software, your printer driver is out of date or not compatible with your operating system (links to popular printer drivers are in the Resources).
If you have trouble printing from PowerPoint, you can click "File," "Save As" and choose "PDF" from the drop-down list. You can then print the PDF, or email it to save paper.
James T Wood is a teacher, blogger and author. Since 2009 he has published two books and numerous articles, both online and in print. His work experience has spanned the computer world, from sales and support to training and repair. He is also an accomplished public speaker and PowerPoint presenter.