Correction tape

Correction tape dispenser

Correction tape is an alternative to correction fluid used to correct mistakes during typing, or, in some forms, handwriting. One side of the tape, which is placed against the error, is coated in a white, opaque masking material. Pressure applied to the other side of the tape transfers this material to the paper.

History

Types of correction tape

It is sold as short pieces of tape, or as long rolls to be used in typewriters, which apply sudden pressure when a key is struck, and can therefore apply the masking material in exactly the same shape and position as the erroneous character.

Some versions of correction tape are sold in separate dispensers that are used to roll the tape onto paper directly, sometimes known as a correction mouse.

The IBM Selectric typewriter also offered a "correction tape" that was actually a lift-off tape for use with its carbon film typewriter ribbons.

As it is solid, correction tape is not subject to misuse as an inhalant, unlike most correction fluids.

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