How to print pages in reverse order on any printer from any application

Sometimes you may want to print a document from the last page to the first instead of vice versa. Doing so by default actually makes sense for most inkjets, which output pages print side up and thus force users to manually reverse the page order when the print job is complete.

The best way to reverse print order is to use your printer’s built-in setting. Assuming you’re using Windows 8.1 Update 1 or higher, click Preferences in the print dialog and then find the toggle beyond that. For example, here are the corresponding settings for a Canon iP4600 and an HP Deskjet 5600, respectively.

For Canon inkjets:

  1. Click the Page Setup tab in printing Preferences.
  2. Check the Print from Last Page box.
  3. Click OK.

    Check "Print from Last Page" for Canon inkjets.
    Check “Print from Last Page” for Canon inkjets.

For HP inkjets:

  1. Click the Advanced tab in printing Preferences.
  2. Expand the Document Options entry.
  3. Expand the Layout Options entry.
  4. In the Page Order: drop down menu, select Back to Front.
  5. Click OK.

    HP considers reversing the print order to be an advanced setting.
    HP considers reversing the print order to be an advanced setting.

For any printer from any application:

Now here’s the trick this post is all about. If you can’t find a reverse print order toggle in the printer’s Preferences or in the application’s Print dialog, simply enter your desired page range in reverse order in the Print dialog’s Page Range. For example, if you’re printing pages 1 to 8 of a document, enter “8-1” as below, then click Print:

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Reversing the page range in the print dialog reverses the order in which the application sends pages to the printer.

Happy printing!

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Author: jdrch

ISTJ, Rice Owl, UF Gator, mechanical engineer. STEM, sports, music, movies, humor. Account mine only & unaffiliated.

9 thoughts on “How to print pages in reverse order on any printer from any application”

  1. Holy cow- you just saved me so much time! I never would have thought of this trick….seems like it would be an option to print backwards, but thankful that you posted this trick!

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