How to Replace a Typewriter Ribbon

by Contributor; Updated September 26, 2017

How to Replace a Typewriter Ribbon. Electric typewriters often have cartridge ribbons, whereas manuals have old-fashioned spool ribbons.

Lift the top off the typewriter.

Remove the old ribbon. On a manual, lift the spools out directly. For a cartridge, press the release lever.

Set aside.

Place the new cartridge in the holder and snap down.

For a spool model, place the two spools in the holders.

Thread the ribbon through the wire holding it in front of the roller.

Close the top.


  • You may be able to reuse an old spool ribbon by flipping it over.

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