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I wrote a short text that would be suitable to print on A5 but I only have A4 in my printer. I need ten physical copies of this text, that is five A4 with it printed twice.

Is it possible to print the same page twice on one physical paper? And then repeat that five times?

Please note that I don't want/need to print on both sides of a physical paper.

I found some instructions to setup facing pages here https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/pages/tan026e4c95a/mac but that is not what I want (at least it didn't seem to work the way I wanted/expected).

My current workaround is to create two pages in Pages with identical content and then print two Pages pages on one physical paper (not printing double sided) but this is annoying when I want to update the content and print it again.

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While I don't use Pages.app the macOS print dialog box is pretty standard and that option is to be found in most apps.

In Safari (below) when you go to print, you get this when you select "Layout" from the pop-up menu halfway down the dialog:

Print Layout

You merely need to select 2 pages per sheet and will print a single page "two up" as they say. Note that if you have a two (or 3 or 4...) page document it will print page 1 and 2 on the first sheet of paper.

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  • Doesn't work. The resulting paper contains just one copy of the page content. That is why I have to create two pages in Pages that are identical.
    – d-b
    May 16 at 20:57
  • In Safart is even more cumbersome, then you have to generate a PDF of the content, duplicate that PDF and make a new PDF with two identical pages. Then you can use the setting you describe above.
    – d-b
    May 16 at 20:58
  • What if you specify 2 copies and 2 pages per sheet? (Bonus: for multipage documents, try 2 copies, 2 pages per sheet, and uncheck “Collate”.) May 16 at 23:24
  • You'd think this ought to work, 10 copies 2-per-sheet, but it doesn't. The second page ie the right side of the sheet, comes up empty. This is rather counter-intuitive. If you tell it to print 2 or more pages this way, even using double-sided, it will physically print 2 sheets, each with just the one copy:\ The only option I can see is to rotate the paper manually after 5 copies printed this way & run the job again. In the print trade, this is known as 'work & twist'.
    – Tetsujin
    May 17 at 8:58
  • Pages per Sheet puts pages 1 and 2 on the same sheet: it doesn't duplicate page 1.
    – benwiggy
    May 17 at 9:38

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