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Good morning Suzanne,

Firstly, I am using Windows XP and Word 2003.

I have a document of 11 pages long which is all set to A4 portrait layout apart from pages 7 and 8 which are A3 and landscape.  I am trying to print this as a duplex document, however the second A3 page always comes out upside down to the first.  It appears that the document is using the long edge for the binding, which works fine for the A4 pages but not for the A3 pages.  I have tried changing this in the settings but this affects the entire document.  It does not appear to be the printer settings, as I have tried different printers as well as printing to pdf and the issue is always there.

Any help you can provide would be most gratefully received as I have now spent hours toiling with this and am slowly going insane.

Kindest regards,


As you have discerned, landscape pages have to be flipped on the short edge in order to duplex correctly. AFAIK, there is no way to print a combined document like this in a single pass. You will have to print the portrait pages in one pass, with the printer set to flip on the long edge, and then make another pass to print the landscape pages, flipping on the short edge.

These ARE printer settings: in the printer Properties, there will be a setting that determines how pages are duplexed. For example, my HP LaserJet has a single dropdown list labeled "Print on both sides." The choices are "No," "Yes, flip over," and "Yes, flip up." My HP OfficeJet has a different selection: when you change the setting from Portrait to Landscape, there is a picture showing how the pages will flip, but there is also a "Flip up" check box that reverses the default flip for either orientation. So it varies by printer. And if you print from Adobe Reader, when you choose "Print on both sides" in the Print dialog, you get additional choices of "Flip on long edge" and "Flip on short edge."
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Suzanne S. Barnhill


I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

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B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

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Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award every year since 1999; many Rotary honors

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