HP LaserJet 8150 print duplex or simplex first page on front of paper?
Posted on 2006-03-23
Is there a way with this printer to have both duplex and simplex printing print the first page on the front of the paper?
· Letterhead paper face down in tray 2 and 3 (which is standard, as noted by icon on tray). So I'll call the face down side the front (page 1) and face up the back (page 2)
· LaserJet 8150 DN printer, printing from WinXP and 2000 on several different workstations, using, variously, 8000, 8100 and 8150 drivers.
· Sometimes printing simplex (one-side), sometimes duplex from one-page document, sometimes duplex from multi-page document
HP tech support tells me that if I print simplex, it will only print on the face down/front side of the paper. True---it works that way. If I print duplex, it will print the first page/page 1 onto the BACK of the paper, and second page/page 2 onto the FRONT of the page. Also true--it works that way. Question: is this ridiculous? Duplexing is backwards!
The "Dear recipient" prints on the back of the letterhead, and the "Sincerely yours" prints on the front, in the case of an imaginary two-page duplexed document on letterhead.
They suggest buying an additional tray, putting the paper in backwards to how it is shown on the tray, and devoting that exclusively to duplexing.
Of course, if before printing duplex I set Page Range-->Pages to something like 2,1,4,3,6,5 and so forth, it works fine.
Happy to increase and/or split points for all helpful comments.