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Unwanted Cover Pages with Print Jobs

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Unwanted Cover Pages with Print Jobs.

Kaye has a new laptop. When she chooses to print a document, a cover sheet prints first. It lists the filename, directory, template, title, subject, author, and more. This sheet prints with every document printed. When she wants to print more than one page, it prints before each page. She wonders how to turn this off, as it is using a lot of printer ink.

When you start getting extra cover pages like this, there are really three things to check. First, you should check if your printer driver has a cover-sheet capability. You do this by displaying the Properties dialog box for your printer. Do this in Windows, not in Word. (If you are using Windows XP, click the Start button and then click Printers and Faxes. If you are using Windows Vista, click the Start button, click Control Panel, and then click Printer.) Right-click the printer's icon and choose Properties from the resulting Context menu. You'll see the printer's Properties dialog box, and you should make sure that the Advanced tab is displayed. The tab will look different for different printers, but on some printers there is a Separator Page button. Click the button and Window displays the Separator Page dialog box. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Separator Page dialog box.

Make sure there is nothing specified for a separator page, and then click OK.

If this doesn't cure the problem, then move on to the second place to check. This has to do with whether document properties are printed by Word with your document. Microsoft actually talks about this a bit in the Knowledge Base:


To turn off this setting, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Options from the Tools menu. Word displays the Options dialog box.
  2. Make sure the Print tab is displayed. (See Figure 2.)
  3. Figure 2. The Print tab of the Options dialog box.

  4. Make sure the Document Properties check box is cleared.
  5. Click on OK.

If this still doesn't do the trick, then there is one last thing to try. Some printers have the capability to automatically add cover pages or separator pages between print jobs. (Large network printers in offices often do this.) You control this capability by using the setup functions on the printer itself. You may need to do some exploring and poking about in the setup menus, but you may very well find that the printer has this capability turned on. Use the setup menus for the printer to turn the feature off, and then try printing again.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (588) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Unwanted Cover Pages with Print Jobs.

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Comments for this tip:

Lola    02 Mar 2016, 11:44
I have Word 2013 and it did work after a few minutes of digging...Step 2 is located under File, then Options, then Display. That's where you will find the "Print document properties" button to de-select.
Ratish    15 Dec 2015, 20:43
Thanks a lot - worked for word 2010
Marcia    16 Feb 2015, 11:28
In Microsoft 2010 you have to find the tools menu under the help in File. There you will be able to continue with the insturctions.
Debby    02 Apr 2014, 14:25
This information does not work for Word 2013

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