Correct Way to Staple Documents

by Ashley Leonard; Updated September 26, 2017
The correct way to staple documents.

Staples are used to hold documents in place. Staples are contained in a stapler, which applies pressure to the paper and attaches the staple. Stapling documents the correct way can make a document look better, and the document will stay in place. There is a particular way to staple documents, to ensure that your important papers are secure.

Items you will need

  • Documents
  • Stapler
  • Staples
  • Protractor
Step 1

Compile the papers that will comprise of your document. Make the sure the sheets of paper line up nicely and evenly. It can be unsightly to have sheets of paper poking out of the entire document. A single staple can hold up to 10-20 pages of paper. There are industrial staples that can hold more sheets of paper.

Step 2

Insert a row of staples in your stapler. You can purchase a standard stapler at your local office supply store. Staples come in a variety of sizes. You can find any staple for your individual needs.

Step 3

Place the stapler on the upper left corner of the document. Most documents are read from left to right, so stapling on the upper left corner can feel more comfortable when reading and moving each page.

Step 4

Staple the document at the angle that works best for you. You can staple your document at a 45 degree angle or a 67.5 degree angle. These angles are slanted on the upper left hand corner. Use a protractor to accurately determine the angle. Leave a 1/4 inch of room above the staple. This will prevent bulkiness when you flip one sheet of paper to reveal another page.

About the Author

Based in New Jersey, Ashley Leonard has been writing professionally since 2007. Her articles have appeared on and various other websites. Leonard holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marymount Manhattan College.

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