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Okey, I know the title sounds, at least weird, so I'll try to explain.

I wish to print a book. Normally, that is done in usual duplex manner, 2 pages on each side of the paper and then spiral bounded either on long, or on short side.

This time, this has to be printed, so it comes out in small format. Half of A4. And it will be binded in such small format (paper will be cutted, and then spiral bounded on what is usually a short side of A4).

But since it will be printed in several copies, I wish to save some paper, and so I need to print it out like:
1/2 of first side of paper: page no.1
1/2 of second side of paper: page no.2
1/2 of first side of second paper: page no.3

then reverse:
2/2 of first side of paper: last page
2/2 of second side of paper: last page - 1

so when the paper is cutted in half, and putted next to each other, the book is in its normal order.

Uhmm, now that I look at this, it isn't really that well explained, but I'm still hoping someone in here has already developed telepathic powers and will know what I want, which is some kind of software that will enable me to do so. ("book", which is not really a book, is in DOC or PDF format, btw, if that makes any difference).

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I have printed many PDF files (that are just one page after another) in book format just as you have described.

In Adobe Acrobat Reader 9:

  1. Open the file.
  2. Click File > Print.
  3. In the Page Handling group, set Paper Scaling to Booklet Printing.
  4. If your printer cannot duplex, set Booklet Subset to Front Side only.
  5. Click Properties.
  6. Set the paper size to A4 (the Properties dialog is printer/driver specific).
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click Print.
  9. If you printed the front side only in step 4, reload the paper.
  10. Repeat steps 4-9, substituting Back Side only for Front Side only in step 4.
  11. Cut the pages.
  12. Bind the pages.


I have included a diagram of what the print dialog looks like for me in Adobe Acrobat Reader 9. The arrow points to what I mention in step 3.

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Ingenious! So many times I've used AReader, and never once thought that "booklet" feature could be anything but usual duplex. – Rook Nov 18 '09 at 1:20
and how would I print double sided when not supported on printer? I have to print an eBook, I want it to be duplex, my printer does not support this. – Shimmy Mar 1 '11 at 1:18
Follow the instructions in the answer above. When the front faces are printed, load the printed pages back in the paper tray upside down and print the back faces on the other sides of the pages. – eleven81 Mar 1 '11 at 14:23

Adobe has some really nice printing options that allow you to do this sort of thing - You said DOC or PDF... No matter the format, you can download Bullzip PDF Printer which will convert anything to a PDF.

Then, click File > Print and under "Page Handling", change it to "Booklet Printing", make sure "Booklet subset" is set to "Both Sides" or whatever you are comfortable with.

Next, for the backing, you just need to experiment - either use your printers own duplexing feature or just work out what way you need to get it out the tray and put it back in... can take a while, but once you have it, there shouldn't be a problem, just keep printing in sets and repeat.

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Total PDF Printer program features a lot of printing modes and adjustable parameters that will help to optimize the process of printing PDF files. To save the paper, it offers ability to print PDF files in duplex mode, i.e. print PDF pages from both sides of paper sheet.

You do not need to turn each sheet by your hands, as the program changes printer settings so that this process is automated. When you deal with many files, it would be a great help.

Total PDF Printer is a perfect suit for personal or professional use for printing PDF files. It automatically connects to all printers enabled in the system and redirects printing tasks to the trays you specify.

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