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How do I get Libre Office Writer to duplex print? [closed]

asked 2013-09-04 22:51:51 +0200

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updated 2020-07-12 14:11:59 +0200

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I have an HP Officejet Pro 8600 which supports double sided printing. It duplexes fine with AbiWord but I can't seem to get Libre Office Writer to do it. In the print window under Properties/device I have selected that the duplexer is installed and under Properties/paper I have specified "Duplex: Long edge." Also, when I initially set up the printer I specified that the duplexer attachment was installed. On the main print window there is no place where I can make any other selections in regards to duplex printing. Again, it works great in AbiWord so there must be something that I am missing. By the way, my operating system is Lunux Mint 15. Any help will be appreciated.

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I have a similar problem using a Brother 4050 CDN. When I go to print, the Properties button is "grayed out" under the "General" tab on the print dialog box. I cannot select side binding or anything. The printer driver being used is the Brother "cups" driver via USB. I can duplex print with all of my other apps. Am wanting to migrate to Libre Office from Neooffice for mac, but this feature is a must for me.

gregory12 gravatar imagegregory12 ( 2013-11-26 23:52:21 +0200 )edit

I have the same problem with LibreOffice under Ubuntu 13.1 with my new OfficeJet Pro 8600, even after I have updated to HPLIP 3.14.3. When I select "File > Printer Settings > Properties > Device > Duplexer Installed" it shows "Not Installed" and allows me to select "Installed." When I repeat the above commands, it again shows "Not Installed."

Leon Arundell gravatar imageLeon Arundell ( 2014-03-16 23:59:49 +0200 )edit

Please, have a look at this thread, in which I present a working alternative: https://ask.libreoffice.org/en/questi...

Gustavo Pinsard gravatar imageGustavo Pinsard ( 2016-09-19 15:53:10 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-05-01 07:39:48 +0200

I have Ubuntu 13.10 w/ Libreoffice, an HP 6520 and HPLIP v 3.14.4. After selecting file/print/properties, in the new window the option for "Duplex" shows "Off". If I change that to "Long-Edge", then "OK", and then select "Properties" again, "Duplex" shows "Off" again. However, if I change "Off" to "ignore", then "OK", and then select "Properties" again, now "Duplex" shows "Long Edge" and the printer prints on both sides!

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Skyhawks workaround(above) is good and simple. I have HP 8620 and ubuntu 14.4, and had the identical problem - you set ´duplex and ´long-edge'in the print box but it immediately reverts to non-duplex. Just to clarify, in case it is different on different set-ups, this is what worked for me:- You just set the paper to ´A4 AutoDuplex´ ( ordinary A4 setting seems to work also). Then you set the duplex choice to ´ígnore´( instead of ĺong edge´. Ok it, reopen it, and hey presto, it now says Long edge

Walloonvic gravatar imageWalloonvic ( 2014-10-10 14:58:55 +0200 )edit

Nota Bene: I have found that if you just reopen the properties box a second time, the settings will revert to non-duplex. Same thing if you alter any other setting - so set duplex last thing before printing!

Walloonvic gravatar imageWalloonvic ( 2014-10-10 15:10:54 +0200 )edit


waltkraur@yahoo.com gravatar imagewaltkraur@yahoo.com ( 2015-12-24 18:32:36 +0200 )edit

Changing the duplex choice to "ignore" worked for me and it reverted as well just as for Walloonvic.

Thanks for this work around. The other one, printing to a pdf and than printing the pdf worked as well but my pdf viewer printed agonizingly slowly.

amajorov gravatar imageamajorov ( 2020-02-12 16:06:43 +0200 )edit

answered 2013-09-05 09:52:11 +0200

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Does my answer here help?

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Your suggestion worked for me on LibreOffice Writer version, compilation id, with HP Officejet Pro 8000. Thanks.

Andre Xavier gravatar imageAndre Xavier ( 2014-05-01 22:44:13 +0200 )edit

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