duplex printing and paper source behaviour

November 6, 2009 at 04:22:34
Specs: Windows XP
Hi people,

We would like to duplex print pages 1 and 2 to
paper source 1 and pages 3 and further to
paper source 2.
When we use Word the plain way only page 1
is printed to paper source 1 and pages 2 and
further are printed to paper source 2.
This results in the paper sheet having a blank
back! This is not desired behaviour.

It looks like Word does not have built in ways
to do this, am I correct? Or do we overlook
something?

Regards,
Carl


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#1
November 6, 2009 at 06:32:26
Hi,

As far as I know, there is no simple way to do what you want.

Word's control of printers is limited, and even in Visual basic the print command does not include tray selection.

The print first page to different tray command is part of the page setup.

You could try the following:
(I can't test this as I don't have a multi-tray printer)

1. At the end of the first page insert a Break - select Section Break Next Page.
2. Place cursor somewhere on page 1. Select Page setup, and set 'First page' and 'Other pages' settings to the two trays and select 'This section' in the 'Apply to:' drop down.
3. Place cursor somewhere on page 2. Select Page setup, and set 'First page' and 'Other pages' settings to the two trays and select 'This section' in the 'Apply to:' drop down.

4. File - Print - select duplex and see what happens !

If this doesn't work it might be possible to write a Macro.

Also: are you using a Duplex printer or are you using the Manual Duplex function.

Regards


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#2
November 6, 2009 at 08:22:18
Thanks for the suggested solution. This was already one of
the scenarios we were thinking of but this is not easily
feasible.
Think of the user writing a large document, adding both text to
section 1 and section 2. Then some event-logic behind the
printer function always needs to adjust the sections - deleting
the break and entering it again at the precisely correct spot! In
a lot cases that isn't even possible. Think of breaking
paragraphs the correct way, etc.

Another scenario we were thinking of, is automatically printing
pages 1 and 2 with printer settings x and printing pages 3 and
beyond with printer settings y (using an event handler in
VBA).
This is feasible, but gets more complicated if the document
consists of more (page breaking) sections. We need to print
every (page breaking) section seperately. Good luck with that!

And by the way, we use a duplex printer, and we configure
the setting on our workstation. The printer prints duplex only
when the client application tells it to do so.


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#3
November 6, 2009 at 11:09:15
Hi,

I wasn't clear why we needed some event logic.

As you have a Duplex printer, place one Section-Break - Next Page at the end of the second page.

I doesn't matter how many more section breaks occur after page two.

In VB, to print, VB sets Section 1 to print using Tray 2
VB then sets all other sections (and it doesn't need to know how many sections there are in advance), to print using Tray one.

Then it prints section one, with Duplex = TRUE
Then as a second print job it prints all remaining pages, also with Duplex=TRUE.

The VB code is attached to a new toolbar button specifically for this type of printing.

I didn't understand why you say: We need to print
every (page breaking) section separately

Is this because the first page of every Page Break section has to be printed from a different tray?

Regards


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