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December 16, 2013
2:52 am
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Chase Allen
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I have an HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 Model N911a

 

Up until now it has been one of the most useful printers I have ever had  (going way back to the ’90’s, when ink jet first appeared on the scene)  This printer would allow me to print “Booklets” that I could put face down on my long reach stapler, and staple in the middle of the sheet(s) to get an 8.5 X 5.5 booklet.  (I have printed some booklets of 20 pages (that’s the biggest one I have done yet – offers 80 pages of document text).  Now all of a sudden, when I try to print my document as a booklet and I get 2 sheets of paper, 1,2 on the first, 3,4 on the back, and 5,6 on the next sheet, etc.  Doesn’t make for a very good booklet.   I have tried variations of the printer properties, with no luck.  Can anyone offer me some suggestions?

December 16, 2013
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We also use the booklet format all the time and we’re forever having to fiddle with it.  New operating system?  New Driver?  New version of the word processor that creates it?  All these things require RE-fiddling with the settings.

Are you using MS Word to create the book?  If so, I find that the only place where the “Booklet” setting should be checked is in the Word Document Page Setup options – then don’t check the Booklet button in the printer settings.  

We don’t have the same printer as you, so I don’t know if this will help, but just passing along our experience.

December 18, 2013
6:15 pm
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The strange thing about this issue is that I used it (the printer) again printing from Nuance PDF Reader, and everything worked as advertised.  That was very shortly (minutes, I think) after I made the posting.  As a matter of fact, I used it to print the Printer Manual (some 248 pages worth) and it came out perfectlySmile and I took it up to Staples and they were able to bind it into a very usable form that I will keep as a reference.  So, one of the problems may be that when I try to use Adobe Acrobat Reader as the document reader, it does a very confusing set of things that I have little sense on how to control.  One of the things it did to me was to print the first page ok, then on the back side it inverted the print, so that if I bound it on the binding edge and put it in a notebook, I can flip the page up and everything is lined up to see ok. — NOT what I wanted!  Could I change it??? Not so!  Everything I tried came out in that format.  I am also aware that Adobe has codes that can be inserted in documents, that can even go so far as to make the document unprintable.  I used to have Acrobat, but don’t remember that being a feature – but it was some years ago.Confused

December 20, 2013
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So – it sure sounds like the problem is with your document settings and not the printer capabillities.

What is your original document written in?

December 20, 2013
2:16 pm
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The document is written in Word – 6 pages. 

 

Printer setup: Booklet/back to front

The printout comes as follows:

Sheet 1 Front: p4(left)/p1(right)  Back: p2(left)/p3(right)

Sheet 2 Front: (left – blank)/p5(right)  Back: p6(left)  (right -blank-)

 

It should have been:

Sheet 1 Front: (left – blank)/p1(right) ; Back: p2(left)/(right – blank)

Sheet 2 Front: p6(left)      /p3(right)  ; Back: p4(left)/p5(right)

 

Nothing I could do in setup made any difference.  Printing back to front just switches everything right to left (p1 on left/p3 on left, etc).  I wonder if going deeply into the Word options might find something, but I haven’t looked there yet.Confused

 

December 20, 2013
2:32 pm
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Now, just to really confuse things, I printed the word file to a PDF, and opened it in nuance PDF Reader, printed it out very much as it seemed right as to options and it printed perfectly as in the above example “It should have beenSurprisedSmile!!!!!

December 20, 2013
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Good Job!  Where there’s a will, there’s a way eh?

I also have found that saving as .pdf before printing, helps with the booklet formatting.  Did you try my suggestion of UNchecking the Booklet option from the Printer settings, and only select it in the Word Document Page Setup options?

In any case, you got the job done.

December 20, 2013
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Thanks much for the helpful comments.  I guess the Geeks on Tour is worth the effort!Wink

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