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UBC Mathematics: MathNet FAQ [Two Up Printing]

UBC Mathematics: MathNet FAQ [Two Up Printing]

Question: How do I enable/disable two-up printing?
Author: Joseph Tam
Date: Dec. 1, 2005

Two-up printing is where 2 pages are printed on one side of a paper by shrinking them, putting them side-by-side on a landscape format paper.

This is the usual default for printing text files. To disable this, you'll need to convert it to Postscript, as Postscript files are printed without reformatting:

	textps file.txt | lpr -Pprintername

If you have a Postscript file, you can reformat them into a 2-up format (or even 4-up format if your eyesight can stand the strain) by filtering them through the psnup tool:

	psnup -2 | lpr -Pprintername
	psnup -4 | lpr -Pprintername

You can combine the above two solutions to print text in a 4-up format:

	textps file.txt | psnup -4 | lpr -Pprintername

For Windows users, some printer drivers will allow you to set 1-up, 2-up, 4-up and booklet format.