I frequently have to print a 3-page document. Wanting to save paper, I print it 2-to-a-page, double-sided. So I end up with the front having "1 | 2", and the back having "3 | ".

It'd be more convenient if the front had " | 1", and the back had "2 | 3". Is there a way to have Mac OS X printing insert a blank page at the start when printing?


Hmmm probably not the way you want it. You don't mention what are you trying to print (Word? Pages? TextEdit?), If you use Pages, for example, you could create a template that inserts a page break in the 1st page (at the beginning), so your real 1st page would be the 2nd page. Then use that template as your "blank document".

I know, simple solution but works ;)

UPDATE Since you need to usually add a blank page to a PDF, you can use preview for that. Position yourself in the first page and do an:

Edit -> Insert Blank Page

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  • It's never a document I made, so a template with a blank first page is a good idea but not really an option here. Usually it's a PDF (from Preview), or a .doc (from LibreOffice). In the latter case, I can insert a page-break before printing, but I don't think Preview can do that. – Ken Jul 14 '12 at 15:48
  • Yes, preview can do that, open the PDF in question and go to Edit -> Insert Blank Page – Martin Marconcini Jul 14 '12 at 15:55
  • Wow, I totally missed that. (Maybe because it's oddly dimmed in some cases, like when a .doc is open.) Thanks! – Ken Jul 14 '12 at 22:03

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