Paper Loading Tips to Avoid Paper Jams

Paper Loading Tips

Paper jams are an occupational hazard of office work. One minute you feel accomplished as your final product zips out of the machine, and the next you curse your printer’s name as it shuts down entirely. While kicking the printer may be satisfying, it won’t improve your situation. Instead, here’s 3 paper loading tips that will ensure a jam-free printing experience:

1. Take a deep breath!

First order of business: Don’t let frustration get the better of you. Dealing with a paper can be a struggle, but losing your cool won’t do you (or your printer) any good.

While the occasional printer jam is unavoidable, the way you respond to it determines how catastrophic the event really is. So, take a deep breath and follow the next step!

2. Know which side is up!

First, when you grab a ream of paper, which side is up? The side with the seam on a ream of paper is the side of the paper that should face up when put into the printer or copier paper tray. Copy paper is made with a slight curl to offset an opposite curl that occurs in the manufacturing process. If you load the paper wrong side up, the curl from the manufacturing process works against the flow of paper through the machine and can lead to paper jams, increasing printer maintenance.

3. Fan the Paper, of course!

Most paper is packaged as it is cut. This high-speed manufacturing process takes out all the air between the sheets of paper. Fanning the paper before you put it into the paper tray reintroduces air between the sheets and helps the paper feed smoothly into the printer or copier as it prints.

Following these easy steps can help extend the life of your printer and reduce the number of paper jams you experience, which are always aggravating and have a knack for always happening at the exact wrong time.

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