How to Configure Your Inkjet Printer to Print Pages in Order

January 6, 2010 No Comments

One convenience that laserjet printers have to offer is that when they print, the pages come out face down in correct order. This means that you don’t have to arrange your printouts anymore. Once you pick them up from the paper tray, the pages are already in correct order. Inkjet printers, on the other hand, print pages face up since the paper goes under the ink cartridges. As such, page 1 of your document goes to the bottom of the pile while the last page is the one on top. When you pick up your printouts, you will have to re-arrange the pages to their correct numerical order.

Reproduced from Techshout website

Reproduced from Techshout website

Here are some tips on how you can tinker with your inkjet printer or its printer driver to make it print your documents or files right:

  • Check your inkjet printer menu – A handful inkjet printers have the default option of printing the first page last so that your pages come out in correct order. However, most of them do not have this default setting. As such, you have to refer to the manual on how you can change some of the settings so that the printer will print the last page first and so on. For some brands or models, you will have to access the printer driver through your computer. This is done by accessing the Print menu in your application and then changing the setting corresponding to the page order.
  • If these options are not available in your printer or in the printer driver, you can use the word processor to reverse the order of the page that it will send to the printer. For instance, in Word 2003 and lower versions, go to the Tools menu, select Options, then Print. Tick on the Reverse Print Order box. For later Word versions like Word 2007, click on the Microsoft Office button at the top left portion of the screen, then go to Word Options. Select Advanced Options on the left side of the dialog box then go to Print Options. Tick on the Print Pages in Reverse Order box. This trick also works for OpenOffice. Simply go to the Tools menu, select OpenOffice.org Writer then go to Print. Find the Pages section and tick the Reversed box. There’s a shortcut to this, press CTRL+P (simultaneously), go to Options then Pages and check the Reversed box.
  • If you’re not keen on pressing too many buttons, you can try this trick. Click on Print or press CTRL+P, under the Page Range, enter the page range backwards. For example, if you are printing a 30-page file, enter 30-1 in the Page Range slot so that it will print your document backwards.
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