OS X Lion: Printing Multiple Pages per Sheet

I’ve been disappointed that the preview in the OS X Lion does not show multiple pages per sheet like Leopard and Snow Leopard did. I often do this to conserve paper when I’m printing lecture notes. With Leopard, I’m often doing this blind and get things out of order. Preview or Acrobat provide this functionality, but in Preview the functionality is hidden under the “Preview / Layout” dropdown option:

  1. To print multiple pages per sheet, first select the Layout option from the Print dialog. It is part of the menu marked “Preview.”
  2. Then, choose the number of pages which should be printed on one side of a single sheet of paper.
  3. With this example, there will be two pages on each side, for a total of four pages on a single sheet of paper when duplexed.
  4. You can also optionally set the layout direction, and whether a border should be printed around each individual page.

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3 Responses to OS X Lion: Printing Multiple Pages per Sheet

  1. Onder says:

    I have the same problem as @Charlie. And I has passed 3 years with no answer!

  2. Jan Vis says:


    I had the same extremely frustrating problem. But looking to the solution presented above, I found the ‘solution’.

    You should not use the preview option ‘Copies per page’ but the Layout option ‘Pages per Sheet’. You can select the Layout options by clicking on the Preview button.

    From an ergonomic point of view, it is still a extremely frustrating interface design. A very useful option should be hidden by a apparently wrong one. So, I still agree, fix it, guys.

  3. Charlie says:

    I have an Epson Stylus NX430 connected to my MacBook Air running OS X Lion. I like to save trees, ink and money by reducing the PDFs I’m printing in half or that is, two pages of PDF copy on to one sheet. The only drop down box I have available just says “Copies per page” but this option only prints the same/identical “copy” or text twice on the same page which is NOT the function I need. I have been accustomed to the option of being able to print two consecutive pages on to one page or printed sheet. I had a rather testy exchange with the poor Epson support tech guy over this issue and it looks like it might be a Mac issue after all? It’s extremely frustrating. Fix it, guys!!

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