How to Print Two Pages on One Paper in Microsoft Word

By Nick Peers

Discover how you can print two pages on a single sheet of paper in Microsoft Word and learn more about scaling and print settings.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word 2003

To help save paper — and postage costs in some cases — Word can print up to 16 pages on a single side of a piece of paper. Use the Zoom feature to print two pages on one paper, but be aware that it might make reading difficult. The Zoom tool reduces the scale of the Word pages; it doesn't change the page layout and format. Word can also print on two sides of the paper.

Printing Two Pages on One Side of the Paper

Step 1

Selecting Print from the File menu in Microsoft Word.

Open the document in Microsoft Word, click the File button and select Print from the menu.

Tip

The default extension of Word 2007, 2010 and 2013 documents is DOCX. However, you can open older DOC documents — created by Word 2003 — in the latest version of Microsoft Word.

Step 2

Selecting the pages you want to print.

Select the pages you want to print from the Document drop-down box. By default, the entire document is printed; you can, however, print specific pages by typing their numbers into the Pages field.

Change the other settings, such as orientation, paper size and margins if necessary.

Step 3

Selecting to print two pages per sheet.

Select 2 Pages Per Sheet from the Pages Per Sheet drop-down box to print two pages on one sheet of paper. Word automatically scales the pages so they fit on the paper; it takes into consideration the paper size you selected from the Paper Size box.

Click the Print button to print the pages.

Tip

To avoid making the content difficult to read, choose a large paper size if you have any available and select Narrow Margins from the Margins box. Selecting narrow margins leaves more room for content.

If you select Landscape orientation, the two pages are printed in portrait mode, side by side. In Portrait mode, the two pages are printed in landscape mode, one above the other.

To print two copies of a single page on the same sheet of paper, type the page number twice, separated by a comma, into the Pages field. For example, to print two copies of page 3 on a single sheet of paper, type 3,3 into the Pages field.

Warning

The Pages Per Sheet setting does not reflect in the Print Preview pane. However, Word prints the pages on a single sheet of paper when you click Print.

Printing on Two Sides of the Paper

Step 1

Open the document in Microsoft Word, click File and select Print from the menu to view all settings related to printing.

Step 2

Selecting to print on both sides of the paper in Word.

Select Manually Print on Both Sides from the second drop-down box in the Settings section to print the document on both sides of the paper.

Tip

You must reload the paper manually each time Words prompts you to do so if your printer doesn't support double-side printing. Devices that support double-side printing automatically print on both sides of the page.