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How to stop two-side printing from being the default in macos

Two-sided printing is turned on by default on Mac for supported printers. This means all your print jobs can end up being printed on two-sides, in case you forget to turn off two-sided printing on your Mac.

How to stop two-side printing from being the default in macos

Disable Two-Sided Printing on Mac

As mentioned above, the default behaviour in macOS is to automatically turn on two-sided printing in case a printer that supports Duplex Mode is connected to a Mac.

However, not every document is suitable for two-sided printing. In-fact, most day to day use documents like school/college essays, homework submissions, resumes, air tickets and many other documents are mostly required to be printed on a single side.

While it is easy to turn off “Two-Sided” option before printing documents, many users forget this and end up having their documents printed on both sides of the paper, which is not what they wanted.

Hence, you are better off disabling two-sided printing on Mac, in order to prevent the possibility of paper, toner and your time being wasted by having to print the documents twice.

In order to disable two-sided printing on Mac, you will have to first enable CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) Browser Interface on Mac. Once you are able to access CUPS, you will be able to make the required changes to disable two-sided printing on your Mac.

Enable CUPS Browser Interface

As mentioned above the print setup on Mac is based on CUPS, an open source modular printing system developed by Apple for Unix based systems. CUPS interface is disabled by default in macOS.

Follow the steps below to enable CUPS browser interface on your Mac.

1. Make sure that you are logged into your Admin Account on Mac.

2. Click on the Finder Icon located in the Task-bar of your Mac (See image below).

3. In the Finder Window, first click on Applications in the side-menu and then scroll down and click on the Utilities Folder (See image below)

How to stop two-side printing from being the default in macos

4. In the Utilities Folder, click on (See image below).

How to stop two-side printing from being the default in macos

5. In the Terminal Window, Enter the command sudo cupsctl WebInterface=yes and hit the enter key on the keyboard of your Mac

Once this command is successfully executed, you will be able to access CUPS using any browser on your Mac.

Steps to Disable Two-sided Printing on Mac

After enabling CUPS interface on Mac, follow the steps below to access CUPS Settings page and disable two-sided printing on your Mac.

1. Open Safari browser on your Mac.

2. Go to http://localhost:631 – This will take you to CUPS Settings Page.

Note: Although you are accessing the CUPS Settings page via a browser, the page itself is not online. Whatever you are seeing is located right on your computer.

3. When prompted, enter the Username and Password that you normally use to login to your Mac.

4. On the CUPS settings page, click on the Printers tab in the top menu bar (See image below).

How to stop two-side printing from being the default in macos

5. You will see a list of printers. Click on the Printer for which you want to change the print settings.

How to stop two-side printing from being the default in macos

6. On the printer’s configuration page. Click on the down-arrow next to “Administration” and then click on Set Default Options in the drop-down menu (See image below).

How to stop two-side printing from being the default in macos

7. On the next screen, first click on Administration Tab, next click on Printing and then set Duplex Printing Mode to OFF position (See image below).

How to stop two-side printing from being the default in macos

For some printers the Duplex Printing Mode option is located under General Settings (See image below)

How to stop two-side printing from being the default in macos

8. Next, Click on the Set Default Options button to save your changes.

Now, close the browser and try to print any document. You will see that two-sided printing option is no longer enabled by default on your Mac.

From now, you will no longer go through those frustrating episodes of having to discard two-sided print jobs and printing them again. Also, you will still be able to print on two sides, in case you want to.

I have a macbook air (2013) and a Canon 8350 all in one laser printer. it ALWAYS defaults to two sided printing and I NEVER want to print two sided as I print for business and have no use for it. I often forget to uncheck it and thus end up wasting paper and ink.

I have looked through all the settings and cannot figure out how to get it to NOT default to two sided printing. I know I can save the settings, however it doesn’t default to that new profile, so I would have to select the profile every time to change it, which makes no sense as a solution (I still have to remember to do it EVERY TIME).

Anyone know of a way to stop this behavior?

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 11:22 AM

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You can change the default via CUPS, which is the core printing system of OS X.

Open Safari and enter the following URL

By default on 10.8, access to the CUPS page is blocked. To enable it, open Terminal and type “sudo cupsctl WebInterface=yes” (without the quotation marks). Enter the admin password when prompted and then refresh the Safari view.

With the CUPS web page open, select the Printers tab and then select the printer you want to modify. Then from the Administration drop menu, change to “Set Default Options”.

This will show a new page with four menu headings (links); Options Installed, General, Banners and Policies. Select General.

Scroll down the list until you see the Print Style menu. Change it from 2 Sided to 1 Sided and then scroll down the page until you see the Set Default Options button.

Click on this button to save the change. You will then be prompted to authenitcate to CUPS.

Enter the account name and password that has been set as the admin for this Mac. And then press the Log In button. You will then see another page stating that the information change is completed.

You can now check that the change has been successful by selecting to print this page from Safari. With the correct printer selected, change to the relevant menu to ensure your modification has worked.

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I just unpacked my neww printer and follwoed the instructions for set up. I was testing out the two sided prinitng and it isn’t working. I have the option to select two sided but when it prints it is single sided. I am on a Mac. Can someone help me figure this out?

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Thanks for engaging in HP support Forums! This is a wonderful location to converse with the community, get assistance and find tips!

As I understand you are having issues with duplex printing on your HP OfficeJet printer on your Mac. Don’t worry we’ll work together to find a solution for you.

I would suggest you reset the printing system to put all the print settings to default state.

Click the Apple menu icon, and then click “System Preferences”.

Click “Printers and Scanner” / “Print and Scan” or “Print and Fax”.

Right-click the blank space in the Printers list, and then click “Reset printing system”.

Click “Reset” in the confirmation window.

Enter an administrator username and password, and then click “OK”.

Wait until the printing system is reset and no devices show in the Printers list

Restart your computer and then go back to System preferences – Printers and scanners.

Click the “Add button” (+).

Find, and then select the name of your printer from the printer list, and then click “Add” to add your printer.

Click “Print Using. ” or “Use”, and then select Secure AirPrint or AirPrint. Alternatively, you may select the name of your printer if available in that list.

For more assistance, request you to follow the steps suggested in the support document for – HP Printers – How to Print on Both Sides of the Paper (Mac) (Duplexing)

Please let me know if this resolves the issue, or if you require further assistance!

Eagerly waiting for your response!

I hope you have a good day ahead,

And Feel free to ask your queries as this forum has some of the best people in the world available and ready to help.

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how can I turn off two sided printing?

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Follow these steps to disable two sided printing:

Open the file you would like to print. From the File menu select Print. The Print window appears.

NOTE: The Print window might be minimized. Click the Show Details button to see all available settings.

Click the settings drop down, it will usually appear as the name of the program (e.g. TextEdit)
Will appear as Copies & Pages within Microsoft Office applications.

Select Layout from the drop-down menu.

Set the Two-Sided option as Off.

You may save the settings as a preset by clicking Presets > Save Current Settings as Preset.

By doing so and completing the print job these settings will remain default till another preset will be used in the future.

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I have an HP 1022 printer attached to my Mac OS X Lion.

When I try to print a 4-page PDF file from Preview or Adobe Reader, it prints pages 1 and 3 and then all 3 lights on the HP 1022 printer start blinking.

I suspect that perhaps the printer or the system is in some kind of manual double-side printing mode, but I could not find where I can turn it on or off using the Mac OS printing dialogs.

How can one control manual double-side printing on a Mac OS X Lion?

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You can go to Print & Scan in the system preferences and select Options & Supplies for your printer. In there, you should see an option for Duplex Unit (if your printer supports it). If that is checked, you can use the automatic double-side printing (by checking the Two-sided box next to Copies ). If not, or if that option is unavailable, you can’t.

How to stop two-side printing from being the default in macos

In case you can’t select that option, here’s how you can manually print double-sided pages.

Manual double-side printing

You can control manual double-side printing (i.e., you physically turn the sheets over) using the Paper Handling setting in the print dialog.

If you select Paper Handling , you’ll find a Pages to Print option that lets you print either only the odd pages or only the even pages (default is both). To print double side manually, select Odd Only first and when it finishes printing, flip the pages over and select Even Only

How to stop two-side printing from being the default in macos

Instead of flipping each page over to its blank side before printing the even pages, you have a more convenient option of flipping the entire block of pages, so that the last sheet is on top (useful when you have a lot of pages to be printed). With this, you can then choose Reverse in Page Order to print the even numbered pages backwards. (Note: be careful that if you have an odd-number of pages in total, you might have to leave the last one out before printing the even ones.)

Если у Вас возникла проблема с печатью, воспользуйтесь следующими рекомендациями.

Если принтер подключен к Вашему Mac, убедитесь, что кабель принтера надежно вставлен в разъем, а сам принтер подсоединен к электропитанию и включен.

Если принтер подключен по сети, убедитесь, что компьютер Mac и принтер по-прежнему находятся в одной сети, принтер включен и сеть функционирует без сбоев. Если в сети имеется несколько принтеров, проверьте, какой из них используется на самом деле — возможно, Вы хотели выбрать другой принтер.

Если Вы используете общий принтер, подключенный к другому Mac, убедитесь, что этот Mac работает под управлением macOS версии 10.5 или новее и не находится в режиме сна, а на нем включен общий доступ. См. раздел Общий доступ к принтеру.

Если принтер подключен к USB-порту компьютера, откройте окно «Информация о системе», затем нажмите пункт USB. Если название принтера отображается в списке оборудования, но принтер не работает, обратитесь к документации принтера или к разделу Если USB-устройство не работает с компьютером Mac.

Если печать по-прежнему невозможна, см. дополнительные сведения по устранению неполадок, приведенные ниже.

Попытайтесь продолжить печать

На Mac нажмите значок принтера в панели Dock, чтобы открыть окно очереди принтера.

Выполните одно из следующих действий.

Если на панели инструментов отображается кнопка «Возобновить», работа принтера приостановлена. Нажмите кнопку «Возобновить».

Если очередь приостановилась из-за ошибки в другом задании, выберите это задание и нажмите небольшую кнопку «Удалить задание» справа (она помечена значком X).

Если приостановлено отдельное задание на печать, выберите его и нажмите кнопку «Возобновить задание» справа (она отмечена изогнутой стрелкой).

Если в очереди печати отсутствует Ваше задание на печать, возможно, оно было отправлено на другой принтер. Проверьте окна очереди других принтеров или попробуйте повторить печать, предварительно убедившись, что выбран правильный принтер.

Чтобы проверить очередь печати для других принтеров, выберите пункт меню «Apple»

> «Системные настройки», затем нажмите «Принтеры и сканеры». Выберите принтер в списке слева, затем нажмите «Открыть очередь печати».

Попробуйте выполнить печать из другого приложения

Попробуйте выполнить печать из другого приложения, например TextEdit. Если проблема возникает только в одном приложении, обратитесь к его документации за дальнейшими сведениями по устранению неисправности.

Отключение расширений диалогового окна печати

Некоторые приложения используют расширения диалогового окна печати (PDE), чтобы добавлять дополнительные параметры и диалоговые окна в процессе печати. Если при использовании PDE возникают проблемы, можно отключить PDE для определенного принтера.

Выберите пункт меню «Apple»

> «Системные настройки», затем нажмите «Принтеры и сканеры».

Выберите принтер из списка принтеров, нажмите кнопку «Параметры и расходные материалы», установите флажок «Использовать обычные функции принтера», затем нажмите «ОК».

Проверьте принтер

Перейдите к принтеру и проверьте следующее:

Принтер включен и горят индикаторы нормального статуса

В принтер загружена бумага, и не произошло ее «зажевывания»

В принтере имеется достаточный запас краски или тонера

Все кабели подключены надлежащим образом

Добавьте принтер вновь, чтобы создать новую очередь принтера.

На Mac, если принтер находится в сети, выберите пункт меню «Apple»

> «Системные настройки» и нажмите «Принтеры и сканеры».

Если печать очереди только что добавленного принтера возможна, удалите очередь старого принтера.

Если невозможно добавить принтер, так как он отсутствует в списке доступных принтеров, возможно, что принтер выключен или Ваш компьютер Mac в данный момент находится в другой сети. Если общий доступ к принтеру был открыт другим пользователем, возможно, что этот пользователь отменил общий доступ или его компьютер Mac отключен от сети. Если Вы не можете управлять настройками принтера, обратитесь к администратору принтера.

Убедитесь, что используется новейшее программное обеспечение

Убедитесь, что Вы используете верную версию программного обеспечения принтера (называемого также драйвером принтера). Если Вы используете общий принтер, убедитесь, что у Вас и у другого пользователя установлена одна и та же версия программного обеспечения принтера.

На Mac, чтобы определить версию программного обеспечения используемого принтера, выберите пункт меню «Apple»

Нажмите «Принтеры и сканеры», затем выберите принтер.

Нажмите «Параметры и расходные материалы», затем нажмите «Основные». Запишите версию драйвера.

Если используется сетевой принтер или принтер подключен к Вашему компьютеру Mac, убедитесь в наличии последней версии программного обеспечения принтера. Если и после этого проблема не устранена, попробуйте использовать для принтера другое программное обеспечение.

Если Вы используете принтер с поддержкой AirPrint, можно проверить наличие обновлений ПО для Вашей модели принтера на сайте изготовителя.

Если ни одна из приведенных рекомендаций не помогла, то, возможно, повреждена очередь печати. Попробуйте удалить и снова настроить принтер.

Если распечатать документ по-прежнему не удается, сбросьте систему печати.

PrintNightmare, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. After lots of discussion in the WinAdmins community, I’m back with three additional items that I wanted to go over: the impact on Azure AD joined devices, Remote Desktop printer redirection, and V4 printer drivers.

Azure AD Joined (AADJ) Devices

After some discussion in the WinAdmins community, Johannes mentioned that he was seeing the Point and Print settings completely ignored. After a bit of troubleshooting with no changes, I made the realization that he most likely testing things on a AADJ client, because he is way ahead of the curve on moving to modern management 😁. This prompted me to rebuild the two test VMs I had been using previously as AADJ only (as well as fixing my Autopilot configuration and Intune enrollment settings in the process). Here’s what I found:

  • An AADJ device pre-2021-08 CU will install printer drivers from any server, regardless of P&P settings
  • An AADJ device post-2021-08 CU will require admin rights if the new registry item “RestrictDriverInstallationToAdministrators” has not been created, or set to 1
  • An AADJ device post-2021-08 CU will behave like it did pre-CU if the registry item “RestrictDriverInstallationToAdministrators” is set to 0

The conclusion that I’ve come to is that AADJ devices ignore all configured Point and Print policies, which I somewhat understand. Point and Print is a domain-centric configuration. I should note that in my previous testing during my last post, both of my VMs were Hybrid Azure AD joined (HAADJ). It seems that the only solution with AADJ devices is to stop printing completely (good luck with that), implement V4 drivers, or implement Universal Print.

UPDATE 1: After some more testing, I’ve found that AADJ devices work as expected after applying Package Point and Print settings, since I was testing things with package-aware drivers. Unfortunately, I have not been able to get this setting to apply via configuration profile. Setting the registry items manually appears to work, so this could easily be configured in a Proactive Remediation to apply the necessary settings.

UPDATE 2: After applying the 2021-09 LCU (or the 2021-08 preview CU), bringing the OS patch level to .1200 or higher, Package Point and Print settings now work successfully via the Settings Catalog.

How to stop two-side printing from being the default in macosIntune Configuration Profile – Settings Catalog Point & Print Settings

The new registry item RestrictDriverInstallationToAdministrators will need to be controlled via Proactive Remediation; there is a working example of this on the WinAdmins GitHub.

Remote Desktop Printer Redirection

If you utilize RDP printer redirection in a VDI scenario, so users can print to local printers, based on my quick investigation, you shouldn’t see any issues. Printers redirected via RDP utilize the generic “Remote Desktop Easy Print” driver inside the RPD session, which is included with Windows.

V4 Drivers

V4 drivers, also known as Type 4 drivers, seem to be the ideal solution to this entire problem. Microsoft has a good deal of documentation on V4 drivers here: V4 Printer Drivers, but for a high-level overview:

  • V4 drivers use a model-specific driver on the print server side.
  • When clients connect to a printer on a server using a V4 driver, they do not download any driver. Instead they use a generic preloaded driver named “Microsoft enhanced Point and Print”.
  • Client printer connections using the “Microsoft enhanced Point and Print” driver rely on an external application being installed to provide advanced printer functionality and support.
  • In my testing, on an AADJ client, with the 2021-08 CU installed, and the “RestrictDriverInstallationToAdministrators” registry value not created, all printer connections are blocked except ones using V4 drivers.

How to stop two-side printing from being the default in macosClient-side driver used with a V4 printer connection

The downside to V4 drivers is vendor support. My experience with them is specifically with Xerox devices, and they work well. Clients utilize the “Xerox Desktop Print Experience” application to provide advanced functionality, which can be easily deployed via ConfigMgr or Intune. It was mentioned in the WinAdmins Community that Ricoh also supports V4 drivers. As for other vendors, you may need to do some investigation.

I would also recommend doing application-specific testing if you plan to implement V4 drivers. I have run into applications in the past that did not play nice with them for one reason or another. Another issue with V4 drivers is OS inter-op; macOS and Linux clients do not play nice with them.

Universal Print

Universal Print is a relatively new cloud technology by Microsoft that can also be used to get around all of the issues of PrintNightmare. I have zero experience with it, but I wanted to mention it as a potential solution, and something to look at for the future. Microsoft documentation about it can be found here: What is Universal Print?

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Most of the newer HP printers are programmed to print on both sides of the paper as the default. Maybe this was done so HP could show off their double-sided printing technology or, maybe it was just one of those dumb oversights. Yes, you can uncheck the “Two-Sided” option on each document you print but, if you are like me, I have single-sided hardwired in to my brain and end up having to re-printing documents with “Two-Sided” unchecked. Anyway, it’s pain in the a$$ and finding information on how to make single-sided the default, is really frustrating. There are numerous blogs and forums with half-baked procedures, many that don’t work, and many that are PC-only. Here’s a fairly simple procedure I used with my HP OfficeJet 8702 and Macbook Pro running Mac OS X 10.12(Sierra). I assume this procedure will work with other printers and other versions of Mac OS X.

1. Open any file that has a print option. This might be with Word, Excel, TextEdit, Safari, etc.

2. Select “Print” from the file menu and when the print dialog screen opens, click “Show Details”(lower left) to get all the print options displayed. If HIDE DETAILS is displayed, you are already on the right screen.

3. Unclick Two-Sided.

4. Click on the “Presets” pull-down menu that is displaying “default”(second from top) and , select “Save Current Settings As Preset”.

5. Pick a name for this printer profile you are saving, like “One-Sided” and then click “OK”. The name, “One-Sided” should now display in the “Presets” menu.

6. As a double-check, click on the “Presets” pull-down again and select “Show Presets”. Make sure the “Resets Printing to Default Settings After Printing” IS NOT checked. Click OK.

7. Now, everything should print one-sided and if you want double-sided, just check the “Two-Sided” option in the print dialog menu before printing.

I couldn’t find any way to actually change the default setting. The default profile will always remain as double-sided printing. This procedure just builds another profile that replaces the default profile.

How to stop two-side printing from being the default in macos

Whether you’re frugal, environmentally conscious, or you just don’t like running out of paper all the time, double-sided printing is a good choice. Double-sided printing is also called duplex printing.

Most laser and many inkjet printers have a duplex function. But you can print double-sided from your Mac even if your printer doesn’t have this feature. Double-sided printing is available in most programs on your Mac, including Word, Excel, Pages, and Preview, as well as most internet browsers.

Here are two ways to print your documents double-sided from a Mac.

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How to print double-sided on a Mac

If your printer can handle double-sided printing, follow these steps:

1. Click on the File menu at the top of your screen, to the right of the Apple icon. Choose Print. You can also go straight to the Print window by hitting Command + P. If printing from Google Chrome, you’ll then also need to click “Print Using System Dialogue.”

2. If there is a button at the bottom of the window that appears that says “Show Details,” click it.

3. Click on the box below Presets or Orientation and choose “Layout” from the menu that drops down.

5. Click on the box next to two-sided printing. Choose the style of double-sided printing you prefer.

6. Long-Edge binding will print both sides with the same page orientation. Short-Edge binding will print the top of the pages at opposite edges of the paper. The short-edge option is useful if you need to flip up the page to read the other side. Otherwise, choose long-edge binding.

7. Select the rest of your print options and click Print.

The print options you set will carry over to your next print job. Remember to go into Layout and turn off double-sided printing if you want to print something single-sided.

Double-sided printing tricks for a non-duplex printer

If your printer feeder can’t handle double-sided printing, you can still use both sides of the paper.

If you want your documents to come out double-sided, you can do that with a little extra effort.

1. Open the Print window in the document you want to print double-sided.

2. Click on the box below Presets or Orientation and choose “Paper Handling”.

3. Click the box next to “Pages to Print.” “All Pages” is the default. Change that to “Odd Only.”

4. Print your document. You’ll get pages 1, 3, 5, etc.

5. Turn your printed pages over and put them back in the paper tray.

6. Open the Print window again and go to the Paper Handling menu.

7. For Pages to Print, choose “Even Only.”

8. Print your document. Your even pages will print on the back of your odd pages.

This approach can involve a little bit of trial and error, as you learn how to load the odd pages the right way to print double-sided. Experiment with a couple of pages first, before you print a large document.

One more caveat: you can’t feed a piece of paper that’s already been printed on through some laser printers without jamming them, because paper can’t handle going through their printing process twice. This is a more common issue with older laser printers; most newer ones allow duplex printing. You can safely put your paper twice through any inkjet printer, since no heat is involved in the inkjet printing process.