Learn How to Put Paper in Your Ten Key Printing Calculator

I found out there was a need for this quick and simple list of steps when someone asked, "How do you put a roll of paper in a Sharp calculator?" It's not as hard as you think it's going to be, promise!

(Also, what type of paper do you need?)

Maybe it's just who I talk to, but it was also the first time I'd heard a ten key called an accounting calculator (and I used to be an accountant, so that's weird, I guess). But if you're also looking for the answer to how do you put paper in an accounting calculator, this list will help you too. In fact, this whole process is usually the same for most brands of printing calculators (Canon, Sharp, etc.).

Putting the Roll of Paper in Step-By-Step

  1. Make sure you have the correct type and size of paper roll for your calculator. Check the manual or the label on the calculator to find out the required size. The Sharp calculator I have uses 2.5 inch paper.
  2. Locate the paper holder or compartment on the calculator. It's usually located at the back or bottom of the calculator, and may have a cover or door that needs to be opened.
  3. Insert the paper roll into the holder, making sure that the paper feeds from the bottom of the roll. The end of the paper should be positioned so that it feeds through the paper feed slot in the calculator (usually at the back of the calculator but not always).
  4. If the paper has a glue strip on the end, remove it before feeding the paper into the calculator.
  5. Press the feed key or turn the calculator on to begin feeding the paper through the calculator. Once the paper starts feeding through, you may need to guide it with your fingers to ensure that it feeds through smoothly and evenly.
  6. Once the paper is fed through the calculator, close the paper holder or compartment cover if it has one. The paper for my Sharp EL-1801PIII unspools from a bar that folds out from the top of the calculator, but there is still a compartment cover for the paper that comes out as it's being printed on.
  7. Turn on the printer function of the calculator and test it by performing a calculation. If the printer doesn't print, check the paper installation again to make sure it was inserted correctly.

Overall, it's not that difficult to install or replace the paper in a printing calculator. It's just a little tricky the first time you do it, because you don't know where the paper should go in. Once you get that figured out, you're usually set.

Favorite Printing Calculator

Recommended Printing Ten Key Calculator

The SHARP EL-1801PIII is actually sitting on my desk at this very moment. I haven't used a better printing calculator. In fact, I have two of these babies (if you drop the little III at the end). One at the office (1801P) and one in my home office (1801PIII).


Read a short history of adding machines at Wikipedia®

A ten-key calculator is better

...when you need to add or subtract long columns of numbers

...for doing your checkbook

...if you want to add or subtract sales tax from something

...on Fridays

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