How to Unjam a Stapler

How to Unjam a Stapler

What's more frustrating than a harsh interruption in the middle of work? Surely, having a jammed stapler is at the top of the list. While our staplers are specially designed to bring high-quality stapling and feature No-Jam technology, sometimes things happen.

There are various ways in which you can jam a stapler. Don't panic! We'll introduce you to those, along with just how to unjam a stapler.

What Not To Do

First, to steer clear of pesky jams, be sure to note each individual stapler's maximum sheet count. If a stapler is made to staple 20 or 40 sheets of paper, and you try to staple anything above, you'll have a jammed stapler on your hands. The same goes for when you try to tack tough materials, such as cardboard, with an office stapler.

Strictly use heavy-duty staplers or automatic staple guns for tough, on-site jobs, and use any of our office staplers for, you guessed it, in the office! If you know your stapler did not staple all the way through your document and is stuck mid-staple, don't keep stapling in the same location. It is likely you will jam it further.

So, how exactly do you unjam a stapler?

The Process of Unjamming a Stapler:

Unjamming a stapler can be tricky, especially if the staple is stuck in the magazine. According to Chron, here are some steps that will help get the stapler unjammed, fast and efficiently. 

  1. To start, open the stapler completely so that the top and bottom are in a horizontal line. Before attempting to use household objects, try giving the stapler a light shake to see if the staple will just fall out.
  2. If unable to shake the jammed staple out, try to staple a single sheet of paper while the unit is jammed. This could possibly force the jam outward, clearing the unit.

  3. If this does not work, try using any sizable tool or nearby accessory, try to fish out the jammed staple through the "front teeth" of the stapler. A pencil usually does the trick!

You could also unjam it by opening it up and trying to grab the staple from the top-load magazine. The photos below demonstrate this tactic with each tool.

What to Use:

Various options exist as multiple tools can do the job! We've shown above that using a pencil to unjam a stapler is suitable; however, we never recommend trying to fix the issue by sticking your fingers into the unit. The following items may be used!

Paper Clips

A paper clip is the perfect size for picking at a jammed stapler. The method is the same as above, using the loop of the paperclip to try to loosen the jammed staple up so it falls out of the magazine. You can also try to pick out the jammed staple with the point of the paperclip, gliding it out. 



Handy in many ways! The ends of scissors are slim enough to where they can slide directly down into the opening of the stapler, forcing the jammed staples out. Check out the Bostitch Office scissors for effiecney in helping to unnnclog those pesky jams, and use them for all your cutting tasks around the house. 

Staple Removers

Who would have thought a staple remover would be a fitting tool to remove a stapler in a staple jam? It really is perfect. Plus, many times they feature a magnetic tip so it automatically catches the staple annd glides smoothly out!


Pliers allow you to really get a grip on the staplers you're trying to extract from the stapler. They too may feature magnetic ends, making it easier to lift the staple out.

Hopefully, this helps those of you who struggle with frequent staple jams. Have a Bostitch stapler you're unable to unjam? Contact us and we'll be happy to provide further assistance!