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I want to print a mini book, of about 8 pages, one one sheet. It should be something along the lines of this, which I have tried. But this is not double sided, so when you are done, you see blank sides in between each page. I have a double sided printer and figure there must be a way to do this so each page is printed front and back. Any templates or instructions?

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    Which version of Word are you using? – a CVn Feb 7 '18 at 20:41
  • @MichaelKjörling, I have 10 and 16 – user2430018 Feb 7 '18 at 21:15
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I've done this a lot to print out drafts. I have 2 methods but prefer the 2nd:

  1. In word, Layout > Page Setup (small icon bottom right of ribbon box) > Margins > Pages section > Book fold. Then when I print I'll use landscape and select "print on both sides".

  2. In word, save as pdf, then print > booklet (print on both sides selected).

I have an epson printer and both of these methods work okay. If the double sided print still doesn't print, and the "print preview" looks good, it might be a printer settings problem. The links online will be how to print a booklet (or book fold) in word. However double sided printer problems will depend on the make of the printer.

Alternatively, when I want to print an 8 page booklet on 1 sheet I print double sided on a4 with the text in a6 and use a guillotine. That way each page takes up a quarter of the a4 and the booklet can be formed by cutting the a4 in half portrait. If printing pdf I would use "Multiple", pages per sheet, 2x2, page order horizontal and check print on both sides. If printing from word I would use the dropdown 4 pages per sheet at the bottom of the print dialogue.

If you are lucky enough to have access to adobe indesign, there is also a file>print booklet 2-up perfect bound option that works like a charm.

  • I don't understand how you can make an 8 page book on one sheet using either of your methods. Can you be more specific, as if you were making it yourself? – user2430018 Feb 8 '18 at 22:42
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    When I want to print an 8 page booklet on 1 sheet I print double sided on a4 with the text in a6 and use a guillotine. That way each page takes up a quarter of the a4 and the booklet can be formed by cutting the a4 in half portrait. If printing pdf I would use "Multiple", pages per sheet, 2x2, page order horizontal and check print on both sides. If printing from word I would use the dropdown 4 pages per sheet at the bottom of the print dialogue. – Ariane Kh Anderson Feb 10 '18 at 21:19
  • @ArianeKhAnderson please add this comment to your answer, it is WELL worth an upvote with it – JP Chapleau Feb 12 '18 at 23:56
  • Thanks, and @user2430018, how is it coming along? I also had issues with pages being upside down, or the signatures printing in the wrong order. Is there any more errors? This is quite useful: facweb.cs.depaul.edu/sgrais/bookbinding.htm – Ariane Kh Anderson Feb 13 '18 at 9:09
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I ended up creating my own template using text boxes in Word.

Like this: 2,5 upside down. 1,6 right side up.

Next page 4,3 upside down. back, cover right side up.

Printed back to back.

In the end, I preferred the look of the original link, despite it being smaller and having blank backs.

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