How to Fit Legal Paper in a Binder


You have several documents that you need to get into one binder. But some of the documents are legal size, while others are the size of a regular sheet of paper. Legal-size paper can be a bit of a hassle to get into a regular binder because of the extra 3.5 inches of length. However, there are binders that are made for legal-size paper. You can also fit the paper into a smaller binder by folding it and strategically placing the paper punch holes.

Things You'll Need

  • Legal-size binder
  • Regular-size binder
  • Three-hole punch

Punching on the Long Side

  • Punch holes with a three-hole punch into a legal-size piece of paper lengthwise, on the 14-inch side. Be sure to line up the paper so you punch holes into the top left side of the paper. Don't punch holes in the middle of the sheet; you won't be able to fit it into the binder.

  • Place the sheet of paper in the binder.

  • Fold the bottom part of the paper so it fits within the binder.

Punching on the Short Side

  • Fold the legal-size piece of paper in half, so it measures 8.5 by 7 inches.

  • Line the 8.5-inch side, not at the fold, but at the opposite side with a three-hole punch. Line it up so the punch only punches two holes into the paper, rather than three.

  • Place this piece of paper into the binder.

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