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Printing on Both Sides of the Paper (Duplexing) for HP Officejet J6400 and 6500 All-in-One Printer Series

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Introduction

This document provides instructions for printing on both sides of the paper (also called duplexing). You can print on both sides automatically using the duplexer accessory, or print manually using settings in the printer software.
Click the plus sign () next to your operating system for more information.
Choose an option, and then follow these steps to print on both sides of the paper in Windows.
Follow these steps to install the duplexing accessory on your printer, if you haven't installed it yet.
  1. Make sure that you've removed all tape and packaging cardboard from the rear of the printer.
  2. Slide the duplexer into the printer until the unit locks into place.
    Figure 1: Installing the duplexer
    Image: Installing the duplexer
    Important: Do not press the buttons on either side of the duplexer when installing the unit; use them only for removing the unit from the printer.
NOTE:If you are printing on letterhead, preprinted paper, or paper with watermarks and prepunched holes, the printer prints the front side of the paper first. Load the paper with the top edge first and the print side facing down.
Follow these steps to set preferences, and then print a duplex document using the printer's duplexer accessory. The duplexer is the fastest method for printing on both sides and is the best option for standard paper sizes. For custom-sized paper, use the manual duplexing process.
  1. Load paper into the input tray.
  2. Open the document, and then click Print on the File menu.
  3. If you don't see a duplex option on the Print menu, click the Properties button.
    NOTE:Depending on your software application, this button might be a link, and might be called Properties, Printer Properties, Options, Printer Setup, Printer, or Preferences.
  4. Click the Features tab.
  5. Select the Two-sided printing drop-down list. For auto-duplexing, make sure that Automatic is selected.
  6. To automatically resize each page to match the document's onscreen layout, make sure that Preserve Layout is selected. Clearing this option might result in unwanted page breaks.
  7. Select or clear the Flip Pages Up check box, depending on which way you want the binding. See the graphics in the print driver for examples.
  8. If you wish, choose a booklet layout from the Booklet Layout drop-down list.
  9. Change any other settings, click OK, and then click Print.
    NOTE:When the printer finishes printing one side of the paper, it holds the paper and pauses while the ink dries. Once the ink dries, the printer pulls the paper back into the print flow and then prints the second side. When printing is complete, the printer deposits the paper into the output tray. Do not try to remove the paper until printing is complete.
Follow these steps to set up duplex printing as the default printing type.
NOTE:If you are not using the latest version of Windows 8, the information in this document might not match. You can get the latest version from the Microsoft Store.
  1. Choose one of the following methods to open the HP software:
      From your computer home screen or desktop, double-click your printer icon ().
        Click Start (), click Programs, and then click the HP folder. Click the folder with the name of your printer series, and then click your printer.
        Click the Windows icon (), click Programs, and then click the HP folder. Click the folder with the name of your printer series, and then click your printer.
        Click the Windows icon (), click All Programs, and then click the HP folder. Click the folder with the name of your printer series, and then click your printer.
        1. Swipe from the right side of the touchscreen, or move the mouse cursor to the lower or upper-right corner of the screen to open the Charms bar.
        2. Click Search ().
        3. Type the name of your printer in the search box, press Enter, and then double-click your printer.
  2. Click Properties, the General tab, or Printing Preferences.
  3. Change the settings that you want, and then click OK. Your printer will print on both sides of the paper every time you print.
Use the manual duplex printing method in situations when the automatic duplexer is not supported. For example, if you have brochures that require borderless printing, you must use the manual duplexing process.
  1. Load paper into the input tray.
  2. Open the document that you want to print on both sides.
  3. Click File, and then click Print.
  4. Next to Pages, type the odd-numbered pages. For example, type 1,3,5,7.
  5. Click Print or OK.
  6. When the print job is done, remove the stack of paper from the output tray.
  7. Turn the stack of paper over, with the print side down, and then reinsert it into the input tray.
    Figure 2: Turn the stack of paper over
    Image: Turn the stack of paper over.
  8. Click File, and then click Print.
  9. Next to Pages, type the even-numbered pages. For example, type 2,4,6,8.
  10. Click Print or OK.
Follow these steps to manually print on both sides of the page for borderless brochures.
  1. Load paper into the input tray.
  2. Open the brochure document.
  3. Click File, and then click Print.
  4. Under Print range, click From, and then type 1 to print only page one.
  5. Under Copies, select the Number of copies (brochures) that you want.
  6. Open the print Properties dialog box. Depending on your software program, you might have to click Properties, Options, Printer Setup, Printer, or Preferences.
  7. Click the Layout tab.
  8. Next to Orientation, click Landscape.
  9. Click the drop-down list for Print on Both Sides, and then click None.
  10. Click Advanced.
  11. For Borderless Printing, click Print Borderless.
  12. For Output Quality, click Normal or Best.
  13. Click the Paper/Quality tab.
  14. For Paper Size, click Letter.
  15. For Media, click HP Brochure and Flyer Paper, Glossy (or the best match for the brochure paper that you are using).
  16. Click OK.
  17. Click Print or OK to print the first side of your brochure.
  18. When the first side has finished printing, remove the stack of paper from the output tray.
  19. Turn the stack of paper over, with the print side down, and then reinsert it into the input tray.
    Figure 3: Turn the stack of paper over
    Image: Turn the stack of paper over.
  20. Click File, and then click Print.
  21. Under Print range, click From, and then type 2 to print only page two.
  22. Under Copies, select the Number of copies to match the first printing.
  23. Click OK.
Choose an option, and then follow the steps to print on both sides of the paper in Mac OS X.
Follow these steps to install the duplexing accessory on your printer, if you haven't installed it yet.
  1. Make sure that you've removed all tape and packaging cardboard from the rear of the printer.
  2. Slide the duplexer into the printer until the unit locks into place.
    Figure 4: Installing the duplexer
    Image: Installing the duplexer
    Important: Do not press the buttons on either side of the duplexer when installing the unit; use them only for removing the unit from the printer.
NOTE:If you are printing on letterhead, preprinted paper, or paper with watermarks and prepunched holes, the printer prints the front side of the paper first. Load the paper with the top edge first and the print side facing down.
Follow these steps to set preferences, and then print a duplex document.
  1. Load paper into the input tray.
  2. Open the document that you want to print.
  3. On the Apple menu, click the System Preferences () button.
  4. Click Print & Fax or Print & Scan.
  5. Select the name of your printer in the Printers list in the left panel.
  6. Click the Open Print Queue button. The Printer Queue screen displays.
  7. Click Settings, and then click the Driver tab.
  8. Select the check box next to HP Two-sided Printing Accessory (Duplexer).
  9. Click File, and then click Print.
    NOTE: If the Print window is minimized, click the blue drop-down arrow next to the printer model to expand the Print window options.
  10. In the Print window, select the check box next to the Two-Sided option.
  11. Click the down arrow next to the name of the program to see the available panels.
  12. Select Layout from the drop-down list. The Layout panel opens.
  13. From the Two-Sided drop-down list, select Long-Edge Binding or Short Edge Binding, depending on the orientation you want for your pages. When you select one of these options, the image on the left shows you how the pages are oriented.
  14. After you change all the settings to match the needs of the print job, click Print to print the document.
    NOTE:When the printer finishes printing one side of the paper, it holds the paper and pauses while the ink dries. Once the ink dries, the printer pulls the paper back into the print flow and then prints the second side. When printing is complete, the printer deposits the paper into the output tray. Do not try to remove the paper until printing is complete.
Use the manual duplex printing method in situations when the automatic duplexer is not supported. For example, if you have brochures that require borderless printing, you must use the manual duplexing process.
  1. Load paper into the input tray.
  2. In the software program, click File, and then click Print.
  3. Select the Printer.
  4. From the menu, select Paper Handling.
  5. For Pages to Print, select Odd Only.
    Figure 5: Select 'Odd Only' pages to print
    Image: Select Odd Only pages to print.
  6. For Page Order, select Automatic.
    Figure 6: Select 'Automatic' page order
    Image: Select Automatic page order.
  7. Change any other desired print settings, and then click Print. Wait until all of the pages are printed before continuing with the next step.
  8. When the first side has finished printing, remove the stack of paper from the output tray.
  9. Turn the stack of paper over, with the print side down, and then reinsert it into the input tray.
    Figure 7: Turn the stack of paper over
    Image: Turn the stack of paper over.
  10. In the software program, click File, and then click Print.
  11. From the menu, select Paper Handling.
  12. For Pages to Print, select Even Only.
  13. For Page Order, select Automatic.
  14. Change any other desired print settings, and then click Print.
  • Do not print on both sides of the following types of paper, or jams might occur:
    • Transparencies
    • Envelopes
    • Photo paper
    • Glossy paper
    • Paper lighter than 60 g/m2 (16 lb).
    • Paper heavier than 105 g/m2 (28 lb).
  • Several kinds of paper require a specific orientation when you print on both sides of a page. These include letterheads, preprinted paper, and paper with watermarks and pre-punched holes. The printer prints the first side of the paper first. Load the paper with top edge first and the print side down.

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