How to Load the Paper Roll Into a Calculator

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How to Load the Paper Roll Into a Calculator
Keep your printing calculator running by knowing how to change its paper. (Calculator image by Alhazm Salemi from

Printing calculators provide a useful reference of functions performed upon them that accounting professionals appreciate. These calculators keep a running tabulation of all actions performed on the calculator such as additions, subtractions, multiplications and divisions. The paper is fed to a printing calculator on a roll that must be changed when the paper on the roll runs out. With a few basic steps, you can keep your printing calculator up and running.

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Things you need

  • Printing calculator
  • Replacement paper roll
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Open the calculator's lid, and remove the plastic roll that used to be filled with paper from the calculator.

  2. 2

    Find a new roll of paper that matches your calculator size and width. Locate the small plastic or metal arms that held the previous paper roll in place. Insert the new roll onto those arms by connecting one end of the roll to the left arm, followed by attaching the other end to the right arm. Make sure that the paper is rolling out from the bottom facing up and not the top facing down.

  3. 3

    Pull away some of the paper from the roll. This may cause a jagged or rough edge on the paper at the end of the roll. Use scissors to cut a straight, clean edge at the end of the paper roll, which will prepare it to feed cleanly into the calculator gears.

  4. 4

    Open the plastic cover flap located on top of the calculator to expose gears and rollers. Feed the paper roll into the gears and press the "FEED" key on your calculator. The "FEED" key may also appear as an "up arrow" instead of the word "FEED." This will cause the gears to move the paper through them and feed it up and out of the calculator.

  5. 5

    Position the paper through the plastic cover's slot, and press the plastic cover flap shut. Your calculator should now be ready to use with a fresh, full roll of paper.

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