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When printing multiple documents such as handouts for meetings, you can separate sets into order. This function is known as "Collate". Collate stores data transmitted from a computer to the machine's memory or hard disk drive.


  • You can sort up to 1000 pages, and up to 999 copies.

  • If [Auto Continue] occurs on the first set, Collate will be canceled. For details about [Auto Continue], see "System".

  • If you make the machine continue printing manually on the first set, Collate will be canceled. For details about making the machine continue printing manually, see "If Error Occurs with the Specified Paper Size and Type".

  • If the [Ignore Application Collate] check box is cleared, the collate settings in the application's [Print] dialog box are applied.

The followings are the three types of Collate.


Printed output is assembled as sets in sequential order.

Illustration of collate

Rotating Collate

Every other print set is rotated by 90 degrees.

When the two paper trays contain the same size paper and same paper type in different orientations, the output result will be always Rotating Collate.

Illustration of rotating collate

Conditions where Rotate Collate will be canceled

  • When combined with the staple function.

  • When combined with the punch function.

  • When a paper tray is specified.

  • When combined with the chaptering function.

  • If custom size paper is set.

  • When the output tray has the shift function.

  • If jobs containing pages of various sizes are set.

  • When combined with the cover sheet or back cover sheet functions.

  • When combined with the slip sheet function.

Shift Collate

An optional finisher is required for this function.

Illustration of shift collate

The finisher shift tray moves backward or forward when a job or set is output, causing the next to shift, so you can separate them.


  • This function is also available using the PostScript 3 printer driver. For details, see PostScript 3 Supplement.

  • If both the [Extended Auto Tray Switching] setting and the Rotating Collate function are enabled when paper in the selected tray runs out, the [Extended Auto Tray Switching] setting will be disabled. An error message reporting paper empty will then be displayed.

  • When Rotating Collate has been selected, printing speed will be slower than with other collate functions.

  • If you cannot make Shift Collate even with an optional finisher installed, options may not be set up correctly in the printer driver. To correct the printer driver's option settings, see "Making Option Settings for the Printer".

  • For details, see the printer driver Help.