If you’ve got a duplex printer – one capable of printing on both sides of the paper – you will likely have been confronted with the option: flip on long edge vs flip on short edge. Which should you pick for your document? Let us help you out.
Flip on long edge
Flip on long edge is the option you’re likely looking for if you’re printing a document in the regular portrait orientation and want to read it like a book.
The document shown below is an example of one where the printer has been told to flip on the long edge:
Flip on short edge
Flip on short edge comes into play when you’re printing a document in landscape mode and, again, want the document to read like a book, with page 2 on the opposite side to page 3, and so on.
This type of booklet (design available from Adobe Stock, by the way) would have been printed by flipping on the short edge:
These are the two main options that you’ll use for 99% of all print jobs, but if you’re wondering what alternative options look like – such as flipping on the short side when printing in portrait mode – the diagrams at print-conductor.com should help.
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