Preinting a Booklet fcrom PDF

Hello Everyone,

I have W.7 Ultimate and Office 2013.

I want to print a booklet from A4E TO a5.

I have a problem and have previously posted this question in Microsoft Forums. The answer did not deal with the question and I have come here to obtain any assistance that might solve the problem.

I have an HP Deskjet 2050 all-in –one J510a.

I have a 160 page PDF file that I want to print in A5 format to enable a small hand-held booklet to be produced.

I printed the first half, Front Side Only.

When I came to print the Back Side Only, I turned the page around to print on the back of the first page, but the print was in the wrong area.
As previously mentioned, I am printing on A4 paper with an A5 choice, to produce a small booklet.

The two A5 pages of the Front Side are situated in the bottom right quadrant of the A4 paper.

When those pages are turned around the Back Side print-out is situated on the top right quadrant of the A4 paper (Because it too prints out on the bottom right quadrant ) and then does not line up with the Front Side already printed.

(I only printed the first page of the Back Side to check this possible problem.)

The answer that I had from the Microsoft Forum said – “What you're describing suggests a mechanical issue to do with your printer (e.g. paper tray not achieving the required horizontal offset. The amount of misalignment would be half the discrepancy between the front & back pages. Nothing much you can do about that with a PDF.”

I find this rather annoying, as not only does it not make sense to me, but it means that I have now got 80 pages of printed-on-one-side paper which may be of no use but to scribble notes on!

Can anyone explain how I can get the Back Side to line up with the already printed Front Side, or have I really created a great waste of paper and money?!!

Thanks in advance for your interest, and any assistance.



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Re: print

- What program are you using to print the pdf?
-Does it help to print on A5-paper?


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I've done this. The most important tool I used was ...

A ruler. I needed that so I could measure how many millimeters to adjust the print margin by for the front and back of the sheet.

Some folk do not have the patience for such work and expect more than use a ruler and test printing. They also may not accept the front page and the back to need different margin settings. For those folk you send them to a print shop.

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Printing a Booklet from PDF

Hello Kees and Bob,

Thank you both for your answers.

Firstly, Kees, stupidly, it had not even crossed my mind, I thought that the A4 would be "organised" by the choice of A5 on the printing order!

Bob, likewise, I had not even thought that it would print out in a different manner, I thought that having chosen the Back Side it would naturally compensate for the location of the print!

So, I shall obtain some A5 paper tomorrow and have a go at that. If that fails, I shall get measuring with my ruler!

(It is so darn obvious too, when you look at it! - Must be my age!)

The up-side is that I now have enough scrap paper to make notes on for the coming year - or so!!

I'll leave the thread open and return if I succeed or fail to 'keep you in the loop'!



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Re: A5

Before buying a stack of A5 paper that maybe doesn't do the shop either, just make your own 2 sheets of A5 with 1 sheet of A4 and a scissor. Then see if you can print page 1 to 8 as a small 4-page booklet.

You didn't answer my question about what pdf-program you use to print.


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Printing a Booklet from PDF

Hello Kees,
OK, that seems like a good idea, I will do that first.

I am not really sure if there is a name for the PDF programme I used to print.
At the top left of the PDF document I clicked on File/Print/Booklet, then clicked on Front side only or Back side only, then clicked on Landscape, then auto-rotate pages / Properties, then chose Page set up and chose A5, Then clicked on OK, then Print. And so it started to print. (I mentioned that I am using an HP 2050 printer at the start of the thread) So that is all I can tell you about the PDF programme. It is opened by Adobe Reader XI (11.0.12).



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Printing Problem

I think there can be 2 issues probably occurring.
First can be the Issue of the placement of the paper in the printer tray.
and 2nd can be the printer mechanical issue

If you are facing the first problem you can try firstly with 1-2 papers and take a test print than place the papers to get the accurate results.
and if you are facing 2nd issue you have to contact IT persons who can solve your issue.

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Printing Problem

Hello mastersoftwares,

Many thanks for your post.

I am pursuing a possible solution at present, which may take a week or two as I am about to travel to the north for a few months.
I shall return with information if I obtain a solution at that time!


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