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Printing Duplex pages using Linux installs - option needed for some printers

For some printers, when you are using Linux installs, you may not get the printer's duplex option to work properly. Here is what was needed for Debian installs of LibreOffice to work with all of the duplex printers I have access to, not just some of them.
  • Under the menu Tools ▸ Options ▸ LibreOffice ▸ General you will see a dialog option called Print dialogs.
  • There is only one check box option listed there - Use LibreOffice dialogs. Make sure that check box is checked. That is it. Without that box checked the Epson and Canon inkjet printers, I have access to, would not duplex properly, but the HP laser printers with duplex options would.
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This image is from LibreOffice 3.6.4 running on a 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04 OS with MATE for the desktop environment.


Note: This option does not appear in any of the Windows installs of LibreOffice I personally have assess to. Also, since I only have access to the Ubuntu versions of the Debian-based Linux OSs, this may not be an option that is listed in dialog for the RPM installs. This option has been tested to work with Ubuntu 64-bit 12.04/12.10 [MATE d.e.] and 32-bit Ubuntu 10.04 [GNOME d.e.] OS systems.

Printer Preferences - to turn on duplexing or printing on both sides of the page

To print duplex, or pringing on both sides of a sheet of paper, with a computer that has that optional function - Go to:

  • File ▸ Print
  • under General - select the printer
  • choose the Properties tab
  • click on the Duplex option pull-down menu
    • Long Side Stapling is for portrait printing
    • Short Side Stapling is for landscape printing
Canon-properties--600x467px.jpg
This image is from LibreOffice 3.6.4. The Printer is a Canon PIXMA MG6220 photo all-in-one printer with build in duplex.
The OS is - 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04 with MATE for the desktop environment