I have a document which will print on a single sheet of A4 paper. I want to produce multiple copies of this at the A5 size. I wish to do this by printing two copies of each page per A4 sheet. Then later I shall manually trim the A4 sheets in half, creating the A5 handouts that I desire.

How can I make this happen with the Print dialog?

I am using an HP Envy 5540 printer.

At present the best I can do is to print on the 2-pages-per-sheet setting (which does the shrinking to A5) but I only get one copy (thus wasting half a sheet of paper each time).

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When I tried some sensible advice given by an answer below, I unfortunately got the same result. Here is what I selected: enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here


In Windows standard print dialog: enter image description here

In MS Word print settings:

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In Adobe Acrobat Reader:

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  • See my feedback to your kind assistance, with screenshots, in the updated version of the question. – EleventhDoctor Oct 9 '18 at 14:23
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    From your expanded question I can see that you are having a genuine problem there. First of all I advice to start experimenting by printing into PDF (to save paper) until you get the result you want. And only once you have sorted printing to file you can proceed. – Art Gertner Oct 9 '18 at 14:52

Assuming you are printing from the image file (JPEG, PNG, ...). Trye creating two copies of the same file in a directory. Select both and choose Print. Then repeat the same process you were doing in your screenshots with the same settings.

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