How to Staple Without a Stapler

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Staplers are a necessity in the modern office, but staple jams and misfires can make this office tool a nuisance. Stapleless staplers are an environmentally friendly and hassle-free alternative. These devices make small slices in the paper and fold the corners to create a staple-free bond. You can achieve the same staple-free results using an office tool you likely already have on hand.

Arrange the papers so the corners line up. Use the edge of a desk or other flat surface to guide the papers into a flush position.

Fold down a corner of the stack of papers. Do not fold it too deeply; a fold that begins 1 inch from the corner is sufficient. Fold the corner toward the front of the papers, so from the back view it appears that one corner is missing.

Cut two small slices in the middle of the folded corner. Cut from the corner inward to about half the distance of the fold, creating a flap. Make these parallel cuts about 1/4 inch apart.

Fold the freshly cut flap toward the front of the papers. If attaching only a couple of documents, you will be able to fold down the flap so it is flush with the front page. Larger stacks of paper create a flap that sticks up slightly.


If you don't have scissors, make small tears in the pages with your hands.

You can fold the corner and flap toward the back of the pages, however the attachment is less stable when flipping back pages of the documents.

Reverse the folds to separate papers for photocopying.

This method works only from a corner. It will not have the same effect at the top middle section of a page.


This binding method will not work with any stack of paper that can't be stapled with a standard stapler.


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