Q: I cannot print duplex (two-sided).  My printer just prints single-sided, even though it is set to print two-sided in Print dialog. How can I solve this issue?

A: In order to print duplex (two-sided), you will need to make sure that two-sides options are selected in the PDF Studio Print dialog, you can choose either Two-sided (long edge) or Two-sided (short edge)

Two-sided long edge
Two-sided long edge
Two-sided short edge
Two-sided short edge

Usually this will work, however for some printers / platforms configurations, setting the option above in PDF Studio Print dialog might not be sufficient. In these cases, please follow the instructions below for workarounds.

Workaround 1: Switch your Print Default settings to Print with OS

The first workaround is to change from using the default PDF Studio Print dialog to your OS Print dialog within PDF Studio application. To do so follow the steps below depending on the version of PDF Studio you are running.

Click on the Print split button located on quick access bar.

For older versions of PDF Studio 2019 and earlier, go to Preferences -> select Print Defaults tab -> click on the drop-down box and select Print with OS (Windows/MAC/Linux). Click OK.

Select Two-Sided Option in OS Print Dialog

Of course, you will still need to select Two-sided option.

Duplex settings on Windows
Duplex settings on MAC OS
Duplex settings on Linux

Workaround 2: Configure your printer preferences to print with Duplex

The second workaround is to change the default printing preferences for your printer to print Duplex. For this workaround, you will need to remember to revert back to single side preference after you’re done printing.

Different printers will have different configurations, you will need to refer to manufacturer’s instructions in order to find the right configurations for your printer. In this example, we use Brother MFC-L2700DW to demonstrate the configurations on major operating systems:

On Windows: Go to Control Panel and right click on the printer, select Printing Preferences and set 2-sided/duplex mode to ON. The screenshot shows the configurations screen.


On Linux: Go to System Settings screen -> Select Printer -> right click on the printer and select Printer Properties -> select Job Options and look for Sides options, change the option to Two-sided


On MAC: Unfortunately on mac, changing the default printer settings does not work.