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Quiksilver07070, Computer Support Specialist
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I have a MF5900 Series /W printer and I'm running ElCapitan

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Hey I have a MF5900 Series B/W printer and I'm running ElCapitan 10.11.6MacOS. I have read through some of the forums and can't seem to find a way to turn OFF 2 sided printing for Word Docs and PDF's?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Printers
Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 1 year ago.

Hello and thank you for choosing


I do believe that when you go to print a document, you need to go into the PRINTER PROPERTIES, and select the type of print you want to do.

Within those settings, you should be able to select 2-sided printing.


When you do a TEST print, does it come out on both sides?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Nope I've been down this road. I DON'T want 2 sided printing I want to turn that option off! The only option I have says collated so I turned that off and still got 2 sided printing. Then I went into the printer options, on the physical printer, and found an option for 1-->2 sided printing and turned that OFF. Restarted the printer, checked settings and still 2 sided printing.
Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 1 year ago.

Ahh, well 2 sided printing.....for whatever the DEFAULT setting.


After you turn OFF 2 sided NOT restart the printer. Leave Printer ON.

Just do the print jobs.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Still no luck. Probably going to have to straight to Canon to figure this one out.....
Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 1 year ago.

Okay.....just a second please.

I found the proper section of the User manual i would like you to look at.

2 sided printing on this printer is a fickle beast.

Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 1 year ago.

I found this page in the Tech doc, please have a look and see if you can understand.

Let me know if you have ANY questions PLEASE!

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Still no good... I tried both the paper tray option and the manual feed option info panel says 2sided is turned off, so it's beginning to feel like a driver issue, and for that I think I gotta go to Canon.
Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 1 year ago.

I would have to disagree here.

Otherwise you wouldnt be able to print at all, if you had the WRONG driver.

But, you are using a i suppose that it COULD be a problem in the software.


Printers such as these REALLY REALLY like to have a PRINT SERVER, sop that the printer does NOT comm directly with the end computer, rather it comm's ONLY with the PRINT server, and the P-server comms with the end computer.


This keeps the printer from seeing multiple different sets of computer drivers.

. just an expert......looks like you are on your own now.

Best of Luck!

Expert:  Quiksilver07070 replied 1 year ago.