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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?

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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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