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    Duplex printing and Section Breaks (Odd Page)

    To save paper we are supposed to print both sides. I agree completely.

    I was doing a report, and it is in sections. Each section needs to be independent of the others, so it needs to start on an odd page.

    In my current report, which I have as a template, I manually added section breaks (odd page).

    Well, this is Word, And, even though I see that the break is the right type (using draft mode), it still prints on both sides for all pages.

    I started a fresh, clean document and added the same breaks. THAT one behaves as expected.

    I have a lot of boiler plate formatting in my template, and I am not thrilled at redoing it. Any thoughts?
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    John,

    You mention the use of "Draft Mode". Does it behave the same in regular print mode? HTH
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    Short Answer: Yes.

    Longer Answer: I use draft mode as a diagnostic. There I can actually see section breaks and the like. But I do most of my work in normal print mode. And, regardless of which mode I use, the printed results are the same.

    And, from either mode, print preview shows the same effect, and printing the product duplicates print mode.

    As a note: my templates were created in earlier versions of Word, and I have used Word's upgrade facility on them to bring them up to the latest version. I should have mentioned this earlier, as I strongly suspect that this problem is a result of initially creating the template in earlier versions of Word.
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    I doubt if a template from an earlier version of Word would cause a problem like this. Can you clarify what is happening a bit more? From what I understand, you have a document being printed duplex. Although you have added a "New Odd Page" section break to force a next page to start on a new odd-numbered recto page, the page continues to be printed on the back side of the previous page.

    Have you checked to ensure that you do not have an extra section break? The status bar will report the page and section number (if it doesn't, right-click within the status bar and turn them on). Click within the text just before the odd page section break and note the section and page number, then press the right arrow until you see the numbers change. You should see something like "page 1 section 1" and then "page 3 section 2" -- but if it reports a skipped section number, examine the content to find a hidden section break.

    Have you actually printed the document to ensure that a blank page is not inserted? The print preview won't display the empty pages forced by an odd (or even) section break, although they will be included during the actual print.

    Finally, try printing this document on another printer. It may be that the problem is coming from the printer driver, and not within Word.

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    If all else fails, here's an old article showing how to use a page break in an IF field to force a blank even page at the end of a chapter -- you don't need section breaks if you use this.

    If you want the blank page to be completely blank, don't put the "This page is intentionally blank." statement into the field; leave just the page break between the quotes.

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    Hello Eric

    Regarding print preview: If you zoom out to show multiple pages, it will show the "non-printing" page. So, if I have three pages in a row, each with the page break odd enabled, zooming out will show five pages.

    That said, I will look further and more closely at the documents to see if I can find the information.

    EDIT: I have attached two files, one that is problemmatic, and the other that is not.
    --The problemmatic one still prints on both sides, regardless of printer. I made it by opening another document, erasing everything, and adding the odd page breaks.
    --The other one was created by starting a new document from scratch, and adding the odd page breaks.
    Last edited by JohnD1; 2014-04-02 at 09:53.
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