Correction tape

Model B in Pink

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.

Correction tape in its current form was invented by Japanese stationery product manufacturer Seed and launched in 1989[1][2] and quickly spread throughout the world.


Correction tape is sold in short spools for hand use, 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 correction tapes can comes in different variety of colours[3] and designs in the current market. The materials of the tapes also varies, from having a paper-based tape that breaks easily to polyester film-based tapes that is more durable. The mechanism of the tapes differs too; the gear[4] or the belt mechanism.

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

Use in Art

Artist Daniel C. Boyer has employed correction tape to decorate the mat of his drawing The Failure.[5]

See also


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