HP Printer Prints Sideways [Problem Solved]

If your HP printer prints sideways, this article will guide you on how to solve this problem within minutes.

HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M652dn Printer with Duplex Printing (J7Z99A)

HP Printer Prints Sideways [Solution]

When folks ask “why is my HP printer printing sideways?” the issue is usually due to a setting change that instructs the printer to print in landscape orientation rather than portrait orientation.

When portrait orientation is selected, the printer will print vertically. However, when you select landscape, your HP printer will print sideways (horizontally). Therefore, if your HP printer prints sideways, the solution is to change the orientation setting to portrait rather than landscape.

This setting can be changed from your printer preferences or the program you are printing from. You could choose to make the change a one-time thing or set it as the default.

How to Change Print Orientation from Printer Settings – HP Printer Prints Sideways

To change the print orientation from your computer’s printer settings, do the following steps:

Step 1: Open your computer’s “Control Panel.”

Windows 8

i. Move your mouse to hover over the screen’s lower left corner.

ii. Right-click the space.

iii. When the “Power User Menu” opens, click on “Control Panel.”

Windows 10

Use any of the methods below to access the control panel.

Via Windows Start Menu

i. Check the taskbar and then click on the “Start/Windows” icon.

ii. Scroll down the page until you get to “Windows System.”

iii. Click on “Windows System.”

iv. Click on “Control Panel.”

Via Cortana Search

i. Check the taskbar, and then click on the “Cortana” icon.

ii. Place your cursor in the Cortana search bar.

iii. Type “control.”

iv. From the search results, click on “Control Panel.”

Via Run Command

i. Press the keyboard’s “Windows” and “R” keys.

ii. In the Run dialog box, type “Control.”

iii. Click on “OK” or press your keyboard’s “Enter” key.

Windows 11

Use any of the methods below to access the control panel.

Via Windows Search

i. Click on the search icon (a magnifying glass) on your computer’s taskbar.

ii. Click on the Cortana search bar.

iii. Type “control.”

iv. From the search results, click on “Control Panel.”

Via Run Command

i. Press the keyboard’s “Windows” and “R” keys.

ii. In the Run dialog box, type “Control.”

iii. Click on “OK” or press your keyboard’s “Enter” key.

Step 2: Select “Devices and Printers.”

Step 3: Right-click on your HP printer.

Step 4: Click on “Printing Preferences.”

Step 5: Click on the “Orientation” option.

Step 6: Change the orientation setting to “Portrait.”

If you use this method of changing the orientation from the print settings, your selection becomes the default orientation mode.

HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M554dn Duplex Printer (7ZU81A)

How to Change Print Orientation from Microsoft Programs – HP Printer Prints Sideways

To change the print orientation from Microsoft Programs, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Open the file using the program you want to print from.

Step 2: Check the “Ribbon” bar, and then click on the tab labeled “Layout.”

Step 3: Check the section for “Page Setup,” and then click on “Orientation.”

Step 4: Click on “Portrait.”

If your HP printer prints sideways even after changing the orientation, then you need to contact HP Customer Support for further assistance.

How To Print One Sided on HP Printer [Quick Guide] – HP Printer Prints Sideways

Follow the steps below to learn how to print one-sided on an HP printer:

Step 1: Open the document or photo in the program you want to print from.

Step 2: Click on “File.”

Step 3: Click “Print.”

This action will open the Print window.

Note: If you can’t see all the details in the window maybe because it is minimized, click on the button labeled “Show Details.” This simple action will display the hidden settings.

Step 4: Click on the drop-down menu for “Settings.”

Step 5: Click on “Layout.”

Step 6: Choose “Off” as the setting for the “Two-Sided” selection.

If you want to keep this setting as default, continue with the steps below.

Step 7: Click on “Presets.”

Step 8: Click on “Save Current Setting as Preset.”

Step 9: Choose a name of your choice for the preset.

Step 10: Click on “OK.”

Step 11: Click the drop-down menu for “Presets.”

Step 12: Click on “Show Presets.”

Step 13: Uncheck the “Resets Printing to Default Settings After Printing” option if it is checked.

Step 14: Click on “OK.”

How To Print One Sided on HP Printer on Mac – HP Printer Prints Sideways

Follow the steps below, to learn how to print one-sided on Mac:

Step 1: Open the document or photo in the program you want to print from.

Step 2: Click on “File.”

Step 3: Click “Print.”

This action will open the Print window.

Note: If you can’t see all the details in the window maybe because it is minimized, click on the button labeled “Show Details.” This simple action will display the hidden settings.

Step 4: Unselect the “Two-Sided” option.

Step 5: Click on “OK.”

If you still can’t print one-sided after doing the above, then you need to contact HP Customer Support for further assistance. If the issue cannot be resolved remotely, a technician will be sent to service your HP printer provided that the service is available in your region.

For printers that are still under warranty, the repair fee is usually free, and if the product cannot be repaired, you’ll get a replacement printer. On the other hand, owners of out-of-warranty printers do not enjoy these perks.

We recommend that you read this article: Why Is My HP Printer Not Printing Double Sided? [Solutions] if your HP printer won’t print double-sided.