How to Print on Thin Paper

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Many computer printers will not print on thin paper. Either the paper never gets picked up by the rollers or the paper is mangled in the printing process. Thin papers are often needed for projects, legal documents and portfolios. If you are struggling with thin paper in a printer, you may want to try and use a thicker paper first to ensure it's not a problem with your printer instead of the paper.

Things You'll Need

  • Glue stick
  • Double-sided tape
  • Thicker paper

Feed the thinner sheets of paper manually into the printer instead of using the paper tray.

Adjust the contrast on your printer so that it is darker than normal.

Attach the thin paper to a piece of thicker paper using double-sided tape or a glue stick. A couple of small swipes of a glue stick on the back of the thin paper will attach it to the thicker paper and if you do it quickly enough, the glue will still be wet when it comes out of the printer.

Remove the thin paper from the thick paper when it comes out of the printer.

Make a print of your document or project on regular paper if you still can't get the printer to work.

Make a photocopy of the printed image or document on the thinner paper.

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