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Setting Duplex Printing in HP Officejet Pro 7740

Is Duplex Printing an exclusive for print production industry? Probably not.  Printing trade no longer has the monopoly of the need for an economical and eco-friendly multifunctional printer.  The use of duplex printers like HP Officejet Pro 7740 is common among offices and regular consumers because it is efficient, and cuts cost on other resources.  This has become a widespread necessity because you can not only save print time but save on paper, as well.  And in a larger scope of perspective, you can also help save the environment because you are able to save on other different resources.

This feature allows you to maximize the use of both sides of the sheet of paper with your printer device, either automatically or manually. If you opt to do it manually, it can be so by flipping the page over after one side has been printed. Meanwhile, to automatically print on both sides of the paper, your printer has to have an auto-duplex property to grant you to print double sided without having to turn over the page – fortunately, HP Officejet Pro 7740 is designed with such capacity.  

Sad to note, there are some setbacks to this advancement because of its complex multidirectional nature of printing.  It is susceptible to errors such as paper jam. So, let me show you below two manageable steps in setting duplex printing in HP Officejet Pro 7740, one for manual and another for automatic manner:  


For Manual Manner:

  1. Create dual sided prints on HP Officejet Pro 7740 using the HP driver for Windows.
  2. Load enough blank paper into the input tray until the print job is complete without exceeding the printer’s maximum capacity.  Open the document, click FILE and then select the PRINT.
  3. Select your printer from the list of choices in the drop-down menu or selection screen and then click Printer Properties, Preferences, or Printer Setup, depending on what displays.
  4. The Document Properties or Printing Preferences window opens. Click the Layout, Features, or Finishing tab, depending on which tab displays.  
  5. Click OK and then click PRINT.  Keep all pages stacked until all sheets are printed.  
  6. Remove the printed pages from the output tray and tap the stack on a flat surface.
  7. Load the printed pages back into the printer.  For most rear-loading printers, flip the pages over so the printed side is facing back with the bottom short edge loaded first.  For most front-loading printers, load the stack with the printed side facing up with the bottom edge and the printer for booklet layout or the top edge in the printer for tablet layout.
  8. Return to your computer and click continue. The other side of the page will be printed to complete the two-sided print.

For Auto-Duplex:

  1. Create dual sided prints on HP Officejet Pro 7740 using the HP driver for Windows.
  2. Load enough blank paper into the input tray until the print job is complete without exceeding the printer’s maximum capacity.  Open the document, click FILE and then select the PRINT.
  3. Select your printer from the list of choices in the drop-down menu or selection screen and then click Printer Properties, Preferences, or Printer Setup, depending on what displays.
  4. The Document Properties or Printing Preferences window opens.  Click the printing shortcut tab if available.
  5. Select the PRINT ON BOTH SIDES or TWO-SIDED/DUPLEX printing option
  6. Select the binding or page flip option to either Booklet or Tablet style.
  7. Click OK and then click PRINT. If the printer automatically pulls the pages back in and prints the other side, the print job is complete.

Some helpful tips:

  • After printing the first side of the page, especially on image prints, you may use a protective spray on the printed page to provide good protection against marks when printing the other side.
  • Print the image with the lightest shade first because light scratch marks from rollers will be much more visible in dark prints.
  • Try your print process using a cheap plain paper first and it is better to take note of the loading orientation to be familiar with the process.

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