Printing two pages per sheet

Getting Word to print two A5 pages on a sheet of A4 paper, can make great handouts or booklets and is much easier than you'd imagine.

The main problem with printing two pages on a single sheet is that some older inkjet printers won't print very close to the bottom of the page, which translates to the right margin of a two column sheet. This can result in uneven margin sizes. Laser printers, and most modern inkjets can cope just fine.

Adjusting Microsoft Word

The first step is to change the page layout from the usual portrait to landscape. Click on the file menu and select page setup.. . You may need to click on the little double arrow if Word is not showing the whole menu. Now click on the Layout tab, and select landscape for the orientation. Now click ok to save the changes.

The next step is to get word to split this wide page into two columns, so each one will be A5 in size. Click on the format menu, and select columns. The simplest approach is to just use the presets and choose the two column layout. Make sure apply to field at the bottom of the dialog box is set to Whole Document and click ok to save the changes.

Now you are done, and ready to start writing. When you print it out, you may find that the margins on the paper are uneven and need to be adjusted so that the individual A5 pages sit evenly on the A4 page. This can be done by adjusting the margins in the page setup.. dialog box we looked at earlier. You can also make adjustments by using custom column sizes in the columns dialog box.

Remember that now we are printing A5 pages, you may want to use a slightly smaller font size than normal so that the text looks the right size for the page.

The same steps as above can be used for making 3 column handouts as well.

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