MFC-J280W

FAQs & Troubleshooting

FAQs & Troubleshooting

Print on both sides of the page? (Manual 2-sided/Duplex Printing)

Although your Brother machine does not support Automatic 2-sided(Duplex) printing (the machine automatically prints on both sides of a sheet of paper), you can manually print on both sides of a page.

  • If your Brother machine is connected to a PC, you will use the 2-sided(Duplex) settings in your printer driver. See PROCEDURE A: USING A PC TO PRINT ON BOTH SIDES OF A PAGE
  • If your Brother machine is connected to a Macintosh, you will use the Print Odd Pages and Print Even Pages settings in the Print Dialog Box of the application you are printing from. See PROCEDURE B:USING A Macintosh TO PRINT ON BOTH SIDES OF A PAGE

For example, if you are using a Macintosh and want to print a 10-page file on 5 sheets of paper, you must set the printer driver to print all odd-numbered pages in reverse order (9, 7, 5, 3, 1) first, print the odd-numbered pages, reload the printed pages into your Brother machine, set the printer driver to print all even-numbered pages in normal order (2, 4, 6, 8, 10), then print the even-numbered pages.

 

PROCEDURE A: USING A PC TO PRINT ON BOTH SIDES OF A PAGE
To print on both sides of a page using a PC, please follow these steps:

  1. From the menu bar of an application, click File and then Print.

  2. Choose your printer name and cick the Properties.

  3. Choose the BASIC tab.

  4. Choose Duplex (Manual).

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  5. Click Duplex Settings.

  6. Configure Duplex Type and Binding Offset.

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  7. Click OK. The print data is sent to the machine.
    Set plain paper into the paper tray and click OK to print the first side of the page(s).

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  8. After the first side of the page or pages are printed, set them into the paper tray so that the printed pages are face up and the top edge is on the front side. Then click OK to print the second side of the page(s).

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GUIDELINES FOR PRINTING ON BOTH SIDES OF THE PAPER:

  • If the paper is thin, it may wrinkle.
  • If the paper is curled, flatten it and put it back in the paper tray.
  • If the paper is not feeding correctly, it may be curled. Remove the paper from the tray, flatten in, and reload it

PROCEDURE B: USING A Macintosh TO PRINT ON BOTH SIDES OF A PAGE
To print on both sides of a page using a Macintosh, please follow these steps:

  1. Open Print dialog. (Click here to see the details of how to open Print dialog.)
  2. Choose Paper Handling from the pop-up menu.
  3. Choose Reverse for Page Order. Then choose Even Only for Pages to Print (For Mac OS X 10.4, Even numbered pages for Print) .

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  4. Click Print.
    - Your Brother machine will print all of the even-numbered pages.
  5. After your Brother machine has printed the even-numbered pages, remove them from the output paper tray.
    - Before you go to the next step, make sure the printed pages are dry.
  6. Put the printed pages back into the paper tray with the printed sides face up.
    - Make sure the pages are completely flat before you put them back in the paper tray.
    - If you are printing in Portrait orientation, insert the paper so that the top edges of the images at the back of the tray.
    - If you are printing in Landscape orientation, insert the paper so that the top edges of the images are at the right-hand side of the tray.
  7. In the application's print dialog box, choose Paper Handling from the pop-up menu.
  8. Choose Normal for Page Order. Then choose Odd Only for Pages to Print (For Mac OS X 10.4, Odd numbered pages for Print).

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  9. Click Print.
    - Your Brother machine will print all the odd-numbered pages on the reverse sides of the even-numbered pages.

GUIDELINES FOR PRINTING ON BOTH SIDES OF THE PAPER:

  • If the paper is thin, it may wrinkle.
  • If the paper is curled, flatten it and put it back in the paper tray.
  • If the paper is not feeding correctly, it may be curled. Remove the paper from the tray, flatten in, and reload it.

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MFC-J280W, MFC-J425W, MFC-J430W, MFC-J435W

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