How to fix a swingline stapler

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How to fix a swingline stapler
A jammed stapler is easy to repair with a pair of tweezers. (stapler image by Danil Vachegin from

Swingline manufactures staplers, pencil sharpeners, paper punchers and other office equipment. A stapler is a valuable, useful devise until it breaks. Desk staplers are broken due to slamming the top down roughly, using the incorrect staples and overfilling the staple tray. Most often, staplers stop working because staples get jammed in the stapler. Fortunately, it's a fairly straightforward job to remove jammed staples and restore your stapler to working condition.

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Things you need

  • Tweezers or similar tool

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  1. 1

    Grasp the stainless-steel bottom of the stapler in one hand. Carefully lift the acrylic/plastic top of the stapler with your other hand. This will provide access to the staple tray and staples.

  2. 2

    Remove all the good staples from the staple tray. Shake the stapler upside down to remove any unseen staples. The staple tray should be clear of staples, except for any that are jammed.

  3. 3

    Pick up your tweezers or similar tool. Grip the jammed staple and lift up to remove it. If the staple is still jammed, twist the tool to pry up the staple. Remove any remaining staple pieces, if necessary.

  4. 4

    Replace the staples in the staple tray. Test your stapler to make sure that you've cleared the jam and the stapler is working properly again.

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