Configure Duplex Printer

priPrinter supports printers with automatic duplex. It means that you can turn double sided mode on/off inside priPrinter by selecting double sided mode explicitly. I.e. when printing booklet – your physical printer will be switched to duplex mode automatically.

However, sometimes, duplex printing may not always work as expected. For example:
"In double sided mode selected, back pages are printed upside down." It may happens in landscape or in portrait mode. Or in both.

Let's fix it.


priPrinter since version 5.5 has printer setup wizard. This wizard is able to configure printer with or without automatic duplex unit. You can run this wizard from printer properties dialog, tools tab. Or right in from print preview pane. See image below.

How to run printer wizard


Alternatively, you can do same task without wizard, by changing options directly.

1. Please select this printer and open priPrinter properties for your printer. You can do it by clicking on the following button:

list of printer

Alternatively you may go to File->Options dialog->Printers tab. And double click on printer.

2. Following dialog will appear:

Automatic or manual duplex configuration dialog

Following items should be checked automatically.

(*) Printer supports duplex printing
[X] Automatically switch duplex mode On/Off. When checked, priPrinter should switch your printer between simplex/duplex modes automatically.
[X] Automatically rotate back sides

3. Now you should find right combination from the following items:
"Ask printer to rotate text and graphics", “Rotate text and graphics”, “Flip portrait pages”, “Flip landscape pages”. These items

In case if you are having problems with landscape pages, you should change “Flip landscape pages” checkbox and print sample document. This sample document may contain only two pages.

In case if it does not work, select another radio button: “Rotate text and graphics” and print again. In case if does not works change “Flip landscape pages”. At this stage landscape pages should be printed correctly.

Now try to print portrait pages, in case is back side is wrongly oriented you should change “Flip portrait pages”.

4. [X] Print back sides first.
By default priPrinter prints document in normal order (1,2,3,4,5,6…), page by page. In case If this check box is checked then front sides and back sides will be changed (2,1,4,3,6,5…). This option could be useful in case if your printer changes order of pages.

5. That's all.

After these steps your printer will work as it should. Please go to this dialog again, select tools tab click on “Save Configuration…”. It saves settings to xml file. Please send this file to us and we will add these settings into list of known printers.


Some printers or specific drivers do not support switching between simplex/duplex modes via standard API. The only way to change this is in very own printer properties dialog. For instance, some Xerox printers operate in this way.

 priPrinter 5.6 is able solve this issue by maintaining two different configurations – for simplex and for duplex modes. In order to activate this mode you should check following item in the dialog above:
      [X] Separate configurations for simplex and duplex modes
After that you should activate single sided mode in priPrinter switch your printer via properties dialog to one sided mode. Next switch priPrinter to duplex and and in properties dialog switch your printer to duplex. You can do this in any order. Of course you can change options any time. Additional information is available in priPrinter help.

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