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Checking for a Front-Facing Page

Do this task when your system uses the eject-to-front-facing-page facility or it is configured on the printer. Also, do this when you need to tell the printer that the next page to be printed is a front-facing or a back-facing page.

For example, the following situations might require you to perform this task:

The eject-to-front-facing-page facility places a blank page between jobs that have an odd number of pages. This ensures that a job that requires a certain folding pattern are printed correctly. A good example is a print job that is to be folded like a book, where the cover and all odd-numbered pages are to be printed on front-facing pages.

This is an image that illustrates an example of a print job that is to be folded like a book.

The printers do not count pages. However, after you inform the printer what the orientation (front facing or back facing) of the first page of a job will be, the printer simply switches a pointer back and forth in its memory to remember the page orientation. Therefore the printer is able to determine, at the end of a job, that the job contained an even or odd number of pages.

Next Page is Front Facing is the power-on default condition. If you do not use the Front Face procedure, all print jobs are started or restarted using that default, which may not be aligned with the fold direction. The determination of whether to insert a blank page is still made even if the fold direction is incorrect.

Notes to the Operator:
  1. To use the eject-to-front-facing-page facility, you must set the printer configuration item "Eject to Front Facing" to Yes (use the Configure Printer procedure on the Configure pull-down menu).
  2. Perform this task only for fan-fold forms that are to be stacked in the printer stacker or re-folded in a postprocessing device. This task has no benefit if the forms are processed by a postprocessing device that separates each page, either by bursting or cutting processes the forms.
  3. In duplex mode use this procedure only on Printer 1.
This procedure assumes the following:

This is an image that illustrates the position of the first fold.

To check for a front-facing page, do the following:

  1. Ensure that the forms perforation is aligned with the correct forms length (see Checking the Forms Alignment).
  2. Look at the direction of the forms fold at the first fold (1) before the forms perforation at the length alignment mark. If you cannot see the perforation, raise the transfer station; the perforation should be near the top of the raised transfer station.
    This is an image that illustrates the Front Face Display/Touch Screen window appearing with the text message "Next page is Front Facing".
  3. If the fold direction is the way you want, do the following to start or continue a print job:
    1. If necessary, SELECT the Back Facing push-button.

      The message text on the window changes to Next Page is Back Facing and the Back Facing push-button text changes to Front Facing text. SELECTING that push-button again changes the message and push-button text back to where it was originally.

    2. SELECT the OK push-button.

      This sets the front/back pointer in the printer memory.

  4. If the fold direction is not the way you want, do the following to start or continue a print job:
    1. Advance the forms one page by SELECTING the NPRO Page procedure from the Display/Touch Screen Operate pull-down menu.
    2. If necessary, SELECT the Back Facing push-button to set the window message text to agree with the fold direction.

      The message text on the window changes to Next Page is Back Facing. The Back Facing push-button text changes to Front Facing text.

      Note:
      Selecting that push-button again changes the message and push-button text back to where it was originally.
    3. SELECT the OK push-button.