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I have a mail merge document that will be printed in duplex after the merge.  Most of the time, each merge record will product 4 pages (front/back, front/back).  Sometimes, it may push to 5 pages, which would cause the printout to be front/back, front/back, front.  How can I make sure that page 1 of the document will always print on the front and not the back of the record before it?
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GrahamSkan earned 2000 total points
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Do you create a result document or do you print directly.

If the former, you might try printing directly. I don't know and can't test it (no duplex facility), but there is a possibility that each record will be treated as a separate print job which would always start on page one.

Otherwise you could run this macro on the result document before printing. It will turn the next-page section breaks that separate each record's output into odd page section breaks.

Sub ChangeSectionBreaks()
    Dim sec As Section
    For Each sec In ActiveDocument.Sections
        sec.PageSetup.SectionStart = wdSectionOddPage
    Next sec
End Sub

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While your code didn't do exactly what I needed, it led me in the right direction of checking section breaks using odd/even pages.
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