How to print on both sides of the paper (Automatic Duplex Printing) - Mac
Article ID: ART136666 | Date published: 05/13/2015 | Date last updated: 01/08/2016


How to print on both sides of the paper (Automatic Duplex Printing) - Mac


Duplex Printing


The procedure for printing data on sides of one sheet of paper is as follows:

  1. Select Duplex Printing & Margin from the pop-up menu on the Print dialog

    In the Print dialog, you can set paper type and print quality to start printing.

    To open the Print dialog, you typically select Print... from the File menu of your application software.

    figure:Duplex Printing & Margin in the Print dialog

  2. Set duplex printing

    Check the Duplex Printing check box.

  3. Set the print area

    When you perform duplex printing, the print area of the document becomes slightly narrower than usual and the document may not fit on one page.
    If necessary, select one of the processing methods from Print Area.

  4. Set the stapling margin

    To change the Stapling Side, select a setting from the list, and if necessary, set the Margin width.

  5. Complete the setup

    Click Print.
    When you execute print, duplex printing will be started.


  • When a media type other than Plain Paper is selected from Media Type menu of Quality & Media, Duplex Printing appears grayed out and is unavailable.

  • When borderless printing is set, Duplex Printing appears grayed out and is unavailable.

  • Duplex Printing can be performed only when one of the following paper sizes is selected from Paper Size.

    • US Letter, A4

  • After printing the front page, there is an ink drying wait time before starting to print the back page (Operation stops temporarily). Do not touch the paper during the time. You can change the ink drying wait time from Custom Settings in the Canon IJ Printer Utility.


  • If the back side of the paper becomes smudged during duplex printing, display the pop-up menu of Canon IJ Printer Utility, select Cleaning from the menu, and then perform Bottom Plate Cleaning.