Solved How to Stop Blank Pages in Docs From Printing

March 8, 2017 at 14:59:49
Specs: Windows XP
I work in a law office & often times clients send over bundles of documents and every other page is blank.

When there's 500+ pages in a document, separating the pages can be a daunting task.

Is there a setting on the Canon imageRunner 6665i to stop it from printing the blank pages?


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#1
March 9, 2017 at 03:55:15
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There's no way I know of to tell a printer to ignore any blank pages in document.

Ideally, the document creator should delete any blank pages before saving the document, otherwise the recipient has to open the document and delete them, then re-save, then print the document.


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#2
March 9, 2017 at 05:12:10
This "may" be happening because of a printer driver... I have found at times various in the past that using a slightly different version of a driver, or even a different model printer, can produce odd effects - similar to this one.

What model printer is the sender using? Do you have the same; and if you do and are using it - are you using the same version of the driver(s)?

Also check with the sender to see if they have similar effects?

Page formatting in one version of Word may not "always" translate/reproduce identically on another version; likewise across different versions of Windows... Add in the printer driver effect and the possibilities become quite complex...

I found this a frequent effect when using two different versions of Word across win-XP; and also when using slightly different model HP laser printers - all in the same series of models; and even with different versions of the drivers.

The pages that do contain information, are they complete each in its own right; as in the content one say page one, runs over onto page two.

When you open one such document, invoke/activate the "show all non printing characters" - there's an icon on the top menu bar to do this.

Then look at the end of each page and see if per chance there is anything there that resembles a page break, or an additional line spacing (that isn't required).

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#3
March 9, 2017 at 11:05:21
Wow, thanks for the prompt response guys!

@phil22 - In an ideal world, yeah people would do a good job of pulling blank pages ahead of time. :)

@trvlr - It's not Word docs specifically that are the problem or an issue with the drivers. I kind of wish that was the problem because then I could just fix it myself. The senders tend to send documents that usually just have a bunch of blank pages (no characters at all) scattered throughout 500-600 pages of defense documents. So, I just didnt know if there was a way to tell the printer to "ignore" those blank pages. The printer I'm using is a Canon imageRunner Advance 6555i.


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#4
March 9, 2017 at 13:52:20
Ummm... looks like you have to persuade the sender(s) to clean out/remove the blank pages...

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#5
March 9, 2017 at 21:28:39
Since every other page is blank I wonder if you're getting two sides of a page when only one side has printing on it. If the pages you receive were scanned in rather than created with a word processor that may be the reason. That too would be something to ask the sender about.

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#6
March 10, 2017 at 09:14:33
That's an excellent point raised by daveincaps... If the original document(s) are single sided but being auto-fed into a scanner and regarded as double sided...then yes there will lots of blank second sides being sent over...?

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#7
May 30, 2017 at 14:53:42
As it turns out, the client always has to scan both sides of each document. The bulk of the documents they receive are medical records(which usually has text on the front and back). So they just have that set as their default scanning setting. So, even when it's just a bill im always going to have to delete the blank pages manually.

Thanks again for everyone's guidance!


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#8
May 30, 2017 at 15:26:02
My Canon printer allows choice of odd or even numbered pages only... I have to set it to use MS Word option rather than the default copies & pages... HP printers allow similar...

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