How to Install an IBM Selectric Typewriter Ribbon Cartridge


I remember when I first started using an IBM Selectric typewriter, I had trouble installing a new ribbon in the machine. I figured if I had trouble installing the ribbon (and correction tape), I’m probably not alone! So, we decided to put together a short video highlighting the steps it takes for a user to install a new Selectric typewriter ribbon.

A few key things to remember:

  1. Go slow.  Don’t rush – take your time and follow the video.
  2. Make sure the ribbon goes around the left guidepost.
  3. Confirm that the correction ribbon lever is closed.  If it’s open, you cannot press the red ribbon load lever to raise the ribbon guides which is vital for installing the new ribbon.


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