Printing a Brochure

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Foreword

The video shows how you can ″Print a brochure in Writer″ in LibreOffice, and links to this page here, which provides further information and details.

This description refers to the LibreOffice 7.3 version on Windows 10/11.

The basis of this description is the online help:

Printing a Brochure

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Link to the Video

Link to the Video (in German [DE]):

Eine Broschüre drucken in Writer - LibreOffice 7.3

Printing a Brochure

You can print a Writer document as a brochure or a booklet.

That is, Writer prints two pages on each side of the paper, so that when you fold the paper, you can read the document as a book.

When you create a document that you want to print as a brochure, use portrait orientation for the pages.

Writer applies the brochure layout when you print the document.

LibreOffice is not designed to handle brochure printing of documents that include landscape page orientations, but it is possible to print such documents.

It is not possible to print a large image across two pages.

Cut the image into two parts, and insert each part on different pages.

To Print a Brochure

  1. Choose File ▸ Print….
  2. In the "Print" dialog, click "Properties".
  3. In the "Properties" dialog for your printer, set the paper orientation to landscape.
  4. Return to "Print" dialog.
  5. In the Page Layout section, select Brochure.
  6. For a printer that automatically prints on both sides of a page, specify in the Range and Copies section to include Odd and Even Pages.
  7. Click Print.
 Tip 
 If your printer prints duplex, and because brochures always print in landscape mode,
 you should use the "duplex - short edge" setting in your printer setup dialogue box.

If you print a document in portrait on a landscape page, two opposing sides in a brochure will be printed next to each other.

If you have a printer with double-sided printing capability, you can create an entire brochure from your document without having to collate the pages later.

If you have a printer that only has single-sided printing capability, you can achieve this effect by first printing the front pages with the "Front sides / right pages / odd pages" option marked, then re-inserting the entire paper stack in your printer and printing all the back pages with the "Back sides / left pages / even pages" option marked.

 Note 
 If LibreOffice prints the pages in the wrong order, select Print in reverse order in the Range and Copies section,
 and then print the document again.
 Note 
 Please note that in the example used here, the document page size is set to DIN-A4.
 When printing, two pages are printed on one DIN-A4 page of paper.
 This will naturally reduce the font size.
 Therefore, you may want to make a test print first to check whether the printed font size corresponds to your expectations.

Print

Specifies print settings within a text or HTML document.

To access this command:

Choose Tools ▸ Options ▸ LibreOffice Writer/Web ▸ Print.

 Note 
 The print settings defined on this tab page apply to subsequent new documents, until you change the settings again.

If you want to change the settings for the current print job only, use the "File - Print…" dialog.

 Note 
 If you use the work file offered below, please make sure that you check and adjust the settings valid for your printer.

Contents

Specifies which types of document content are to be printed.

Images and objects

Specifies whether the graphics of your text document are printed.

Form controls

Specifies whether the form control fields of the text document are printed.

Page background

Specifies whether to include colours and objects that are inserted to the background of the page (Format - Page - Background) in the printed document.

Print text in black

Specifies whether to always print text in black.

Hidden text

Enable this option to print text that is marked as hidden.

The following hidden text is printed: text that is formatted as hidden by Format - Character - Font Effects - Hidden, and the text fields Hidden text and Hidden paragraphs.

Text placeholder

Enable this option to print text placeholders.

Unmark this check box to leave the text placeholders blank in the printout.Text placeholders are fields.

Pages

Defines the print order for LibreOffice Writer documents with multiple pages.

Left pages (not for HTML documents)

Specifies whether to print all left (even numbered) pages of the document.

Right pages (not for HTML documents)

Specifies whether to print all right (odd numbered) pages of the document.

Brochure

Select the Brochure option to print your document in brochure format.

The brochure format is as follows in LibreOffice Writer:

If you print a document in portrait on a landscape page, two opposing sides in a brochure will be printed next to each other.

If you have a printer with double-sided printing capability, you can create an entire brochure from your document without having to collate the pages later.

If you have a printer that only has single-sided printing capability, you can achieve this effect by first printing the front pages with the "Front sides / right pages / odd pages" option marked, then re-inserting the entire paper stack in your printer and printing all the back pages with the "Back sides / left pages / even pages" option marked.

Right to left

Mark this check box to print the pages of the brochure in the correct order for a right-to-left script.

 Note 
 This control appears only if Complex text layout is set in Tools ▸ Options ▸ Language Settings ▸ Languages.

Other

Print automatically inserted blank pages

If this check box is marked, automatically-inserted blank pages will be printed.

This is best if you are printing double-sided.

For example, in a book, a "chapter" paragraph style has been set to always start with an odd numbered page.

If the previous chapter ends on an odd page, LibreOffice inserts an even numbered blank page.

This option controls whether to print that even numbered page or not.

Paper tray from printer settings

For printers with multiple trays, the "Paper tray from printer settings" option specifies whether the paper tray used is specified by the system settings of the printer.

Fax

If you have installed fax software on your computer and wish to fax directly from the text document, select the desired fax machine.

Comments

Specifies whether comments in your document are printed.

Further Informations

Work files

"Drucken einer Broschüre in Writer.odt" (in German [DE])

Documentation / Manuals

Here you will find the Documentation / Manuals:

Documentation / Manuals

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