It’s not that you’re using your stapler wrong, exactly. It’s just that you could be using it so much better. These tips will get you neat, even paper stacks every time you staple.
1. Load your stapler with chisel tip staples to prevent jams.
Universal® Standard Chisel Point Staples UNV79000 and other chisel tip staples have pointed ends to pierce paper stacks without jamming.
2. Line your pages against a wall to get even stacks.
You probably already give your papers an upright shuffle before you staple to even the stack. If you line your paper and stapler against a wall, you’ll get a nice even stack along the horizontal AND the vertical edge.
3. Staple at about a 45 degree angle to reduce bulk.
The way you position your staple makes a difference. Place your staple at a 45 degree angle to cut down on bulk when you flip through the pages.
4. Pay attention to sheet capacity.
Your standard staples and staplers can only handle about 20 sheets of paper. Any more than that, and you’re going to get jamming and partially stapled stacks. If you need to staple more that 2o pages, you need a heavy duty stapler.
Recommended Heavy Duty Staplers
|Swingline® Heavy-Duty Stapler, 160-Sheet Capacity, Black/Gray||Stanley Bostitch® B8 Heavy-Duty Plier Stapler, 45-Sheet Capacity, Black/Charcoal Gray||Swingline® High-Capacity Desk Stapler, 60-Sheet Capacity, Black|
You can find more tips on choosing the right staples and staplers in On Time Supplies Knowledge Base.