How to Fold Legal Paper to Fit in Envelope

by Jay Kurz - Updated September 26, 2017
Legal paper needs to be folded to properly fit into legal envelopes.

Like standard letter size paper, legal paper needs to be folded so that it can be mailed in a standard, legal-size envelope. Folding the legal paper the same way you fold letter-size paper, however, will result in a letter that will not fit into the envelope. This is because legal paper, measuring 8 1/2 inches by 14 inches, is longer than the 8 1/2 by 11-inch letter paper. The extra length makes folding the letter in a presentable manner different than you may be accustomed to if you normally use letter-size paper.

Lay the legal paper, printed side up, on a flat surface.

Fold the bottom edge of the paper upward, creasing it across, 5 inches from the bottom. Use a ruler to make sure that the crease is exactly 5 inches from the bottom edge. This will leave the top 4 inches of the paper exposed.

Fold the top 4 inches of the paper downward, creasing it where the bottom edge of the paper sits. This leaves you with a 5-inch by 8 1/2 inch folded letter.

Slip the folded letter into the envelope.

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