If you have purchased a mid-range or better printer recently, chances are your printer can support duplex – or 2-sided – printing. A great paper and cost saver, duplex printing should be the standard setting for most of your printing jobs.
In selecting Duplex printing, however, there is a single setting that can make the difference between a smooth job printed exactly as you expect or a confusing mess of page numbers that are out of alignment. When you select Duplex printing: most printers as you to define SHORT EDGE BINDING or LONG EDGE BINDING. The setting selected determines how the pages are expected to be flipped by the reader.
If you have a Portrait Orientation document (like a letter or contract) you would normally select LONG EDGE BINDING. Just as the name suggests, the reader would flip from page to page with the LONG EDGE of the paper as the “spine” of the book.
If you have a Landscape Orientation (like a power point presentation) you might also select the LONG EDGE BINDING option if you want your hard copy to be flipped at the top and not the side. A presentation with SHORT EDGE BINDING selected, will require the reader to “flip their handouts” as they flip through the pages which LONG EDGE BINDING eliminates.
However, if you had a tri-fold brochure printed on a standard letter page, you would select SHORT EDGE BINDING so that the brochure would be aligned correctly once it was folded.