This step-by-step article describes how to format your publication to print two pages on a sheet of paper. When you fold this sheet of paper, it opens the way that a book opens. This type of publication is called a "book fold" publication.
To create a new book fold publication, follow these steps:
Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Printers.
Right-click the printer that you want to use, and then click Properties.
Configure your printer to use the correct page size and orientation.
For example, if you want to print two pages side-by-side on a sheet of 8.5-by-11-inch paper in landscape orientation, configure the printer to print an 8.5-by-11-inch sheet of paper in landscape orientation.
In the Catalog window, click the Blank Publications tab.
Under Blank Full Page, click the Book Fold icon, and then click Create.
When you are prompted to insert three more pages to bring the total number of pages to four, click Yes.
How to Convert an Existing Publication to a Book Fold Publication
If you have an existing publication that you want to convert to a book fold publication, the publication must meet the following requirements:
Each page of the publication must be formatted to print on a separate sheet of paper.
The Page Size setting for the publication must be half the size of the paper that you configured the printer to print on.
If your publication meets these requirements, follow these steps to convert your publication to a book fold publication:
On the File menu, click Page Setup.
Note the Paper Size setting.
Under Choose a Publication Layout, click Special Fold.
Under Choose a Special Fold, click Book Fold.
The book fold Height and Width settings are automatically set to half the size of the paper that your printer is configured to print on. Change the Height and Width settings if you want to, and then click OK.
NOTE: The Height and Width settings must be half of the height and width settings that you noted in step 2.
On the File menu, click Printer Setup.
Under Paper, click the paper size that your printer is configured to print on. If you want to, adjust the Orientation setting.
When you print a book fold publication, the publication is printed with odd-numbered pages on the right side of the page and even-numbered pages on the left side of the page. This is the default behavior.
If you print a four-page document, pages one and four are printed on one sheet of paper, and pages two and three are printed on another sheet of paper. If the number of pages in your publication is not a multiple of four, Publisher inserts blank pages to make the total number of pages a multiple of four.