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Word Printing - Suppress Blank Pages

Is it possible to suppress blank pages when printing in Word? Blank pages are included in the Word doc due to double sided printing... but sometimes we need to print without the blank pages.
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For what printer and which driver are you using?

File, Print, on the bottom right hand corner where it states Print "All pages in range" click the down arrow and choose either "odd pages" or "even pages" as needed.

Hope this helps.
Also in printer properties make sure that a separater page is not selected as an option.  
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I think that you have to edit it so that it doesn't have any blank pages. You could do this programmatically I suppose by checking every page, but it would probably be much too slow since the printer setup is rather tedious.

mtakasakiAuthor Commented:
The document is being printed to an Adobe PDFWriter printer driver therefore we do not want blank pages in the PDF version of the document.
Printing Odd/Even pages will not work becuase some pages (with text) will be excluded.
Do you have the page size set to A4 in printer properties? Make sure it is set to letter.
You have 2 options...

1) Change the printer to PDFWriter, check the document for blank pages, and delete the page breaks/edit the line lengths to eliminate the blank pages. (Changing the printer slightly modifies the fonts/layout so you can get extra pages when the text reflows.)

2) Make the PDF, open it in Acrobat (full version, not the Reader, which I assume you have because you have PDFWriter), delete the blank pages there. You can scroll through the document pretty fast if you make the pages very small so you can see more at a time.

However, if you have the pages numbered, the page numbers WILL NOT change if you delete pages in Acrobat. They WILL change if you adjust the pages in Word.

You can't suppress blank pages in printing. If you don't print all the pages, you'll get strange page numbering (because those are numbered and they'll be missing). One way or another, you MUST adjust the document. You can do it before you generate the PDF or after.
mtakasaki, please respond to the comments here. I'd hate to see them fight over your points!

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I'm accepting webwoman on this one for her definitive answer.

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