How to Use Paper Tape

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Paper tape is basically paper with adhesive on one side. It has a variety of uses including finishing hung drywall, surgical dressing and for packaging. Office paper tape is thinner, not as wide and not as strong. You can buy paper tape from any office supply store.

Label supply shelves with paper tape so you can keep them organized and quickly find things you need. Pull off a few inches of tape. Lay it on a clean desk and mark the paper with a ballpoint pen or marker. Gently life the paper tape up and press it onto the front of the shelf.

Bookmark pages in a receipt book, address book or appointment keeper with paper tape. Cut off a piece of tape about four inches long. Press two inches of the tape onto the back of the current page. Fold it over and press the other half down on the front of the page. Now finding the current page is as easy as flipping the book open to where the paper tape is.

Correct whole paragraphs of paper documents with pieces of paper tape. Cut and place pieces of paper tape over the text you want to change. You can then handwrite on the tape. Or you can make your corrections with a typewriter or computer printer.

Identify cups at the office coffeemaker with pieces of paper tape. Cut off pieces and apply them on every employee's cup. Then use a pen or marker to write each cup owner's name on his coffee cup so they don't get mixed up (and possibly spread cold and flu germs).

Fill up boxes with old records, receipts, files and other documents. Then cut off pieces of paper tape and apply them to the box ends. Label each box by marking the tape. Now you can identify the contents of each box without removing the lids.

Use paper tape to place temporary notes and reminders on documents. Cut off a piece of paper tape and write "Need signature" on it, for example. Or mark a piece of tape with something like "Correct this paragraph" to remind you for later. Stick it to the document until you get the needed signature or have made the correction.

Tape two office documents together temporarily with paper tape. Cut off a piece, then bend it over the corners of both documents. To separate them, simply peel the tape up and remove it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Buy a dispenser to store your paper tape. A dispenser allows you to pull out as much as you need and cut it off with the serrated edge. It also keeps the paper tape cleaner and close at hand.

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