How to Print Planner Inserts in Booklet Mode
A Booklet is generally smaller in size than a normal book. It uses less number of papers as compared to printing regular books, so it is generally very economical. To print in booklet mode, your printer should support automatic duplex printing. Unlike regular planners, booklets like Traveler’s Notebooks can be bound using saddle stitching or stapler.
Before proceeding with booklet mode printing, let’s find out if your printer can print in booklet mode.
How to find out if your printer supports Automatic Duplex Printing?
Simply open the file you wish to print in Adobe Reader. Click on “File”, click on “Print”. Printer dialog box that pops up next will have the option to “Print on both sides of paper”, if your printer supports automatic duplex printing. Here’s the print dialog on my printer that supports back to back printing.
Here’s an example of a printer that does NOT support automatic duplex printing mode.
Now that you know if your printer can print back to back, let’s see how to print in booklet mode …
Planner inserts that are smaller in size like A5 size, half letter size, personal planner size, regular TN size, B6 etc, can be printed in booklet mode. That means they will be printed back to back. If you purchase your inserts from here, you will find the option to print in booklet mode and you won’t have to do any extra settings to print in booklet mode. You simply follow the following steps and have your booklet printed in no time.
Printing Planner Inserts in Booklet Mode
As mentioned above, if you purchase your planner inserts from here, you will see options to print on actual size, letter size or A4 size papers. If you choose to go with booklet mode, you only have to change a few settings in your printer dialog box.
Open the file that includes term like “booklet-format”, which means you will see two months or weeks spread out on one page, in landscape mode. These files have been specially designed to print in booklet mode.
Normally, A5 planner inserts can be printed on A4 size paper in booklet mode, and half letter size paper can be printed on letter size paper in booklet mode. Planner Inserts that are smaller in size like personal size, Traveler’s Notebook regular size, B6 etc can be printed on letter size or A4 size in booklet mode.
This is what the pages look like when you open the file. For example, this one is A5 size:
When you go through the file, the pages may look out of order ….
… but after you are done printing them all, and put them together, you will see them sitting in the right order.
Here’s how to print planner pages in booklet mode:
In the printer settings dialog box, Print in 100% or “actual size” settings, check “Print on Both Sides” and select “Flip on short edge”.
Once you have printed all the pages in booklet mode, using the settings shown above in the printer dialog box, simply pick up the pages in the order they were printed, and pile them from bottom to top. In case of Monthly Planner, July month with left and right spread should be on the top. After putting them together in order, simply cut along the line in the middle to punch holes. Or you can simply fold and staple in the middle to create a booklet with stapler or sewing method.
This video shows step by step instructions on how to print in booklet mode:
I hope these instructions to print in booklet mode are clear enough. Please feel free to contact me or leave your questions / comments in the comment box below if you have any questions or feedback.