How Do I Edit a Book Bound with the CombBind C800pro Comb Binding Machine?

The Swingline GBC CombBind C800pro comb binder is a heavy-duty comb binding machine that offers electric punching capabilities on up to 25 sheets at a time. Because it creates easy-to-edit books using plastic binding combs, the C800pro is ideal for use in binding training documents, price lists, or other frequently-revised books. Unlike books bound with wires or coils, comb-bound books can be modified without the need for replacing the smile, making it both economical and ecologically-friendly.

Below is a step-by-step guide to editing a book bound with the Swingline GBC CombBind C800pro comb binder:

  1. Place the bound document onto the comb opener so that the metal prongs of the opener are between the tines of the book.  The metal prongs should be positioned so that they fall between the solid side of the spine and the edges of the punched pages.
  2. Gently pull the comb opener handle forward until the comb is adequately opened and the pages of your book are accessible.
  3. Remove, add, or replace pages as desired.
  4. Once your book has been edited, push the handle back to its starting position to close the comb and secure the pages within.
  5. Lift the book up and off of the comb opener.

How Do I Bind Books with the CombBind C800pro Comb Binding Machine?

The Swingline GBC CombBind C800pro comb binding machine is a heavy-duty electric comb binder that is designed for high-volume use in a professional environment. It has a high-capacity punch that is capable of punching up to 25 sheets at a time, and also features an adjustable comb opener that makes the binding process even faster and more efficient. With fully-disengageable dies and an adjustable punching depth margin, the CombBind C800pro comb binding machine can accommodate a wide range of sheet sizes and document thicknesses.

Below are step-by-step instructions for binding books using the Swingline GBC CombBind C800pro comb binder:

  1. If this is the first time that the machine is being used, it will need to be assembled prior to binding. Attach the handle to the left side of the machine, pushing it in firmly to secure.
  2. Turn on the machine using the power switch located on the right side. The motor takes approximately 30 seconds to reach full speed.
  3. Set the depth margin for the punch by using the black dial on the right side of the machine (located above the power switch). The CombBind C800pro has four available depth margins – from 1/16″ to 3/16″ – to accommodate a wide range of document sizes. As a general guideline, thicker books require a wider margin than thinner books do, as it allows for easier page turning and creates a more secure bind.
  4. Position the side guide to match the page size of the document that is being punched.
  5. Disengage dies as desired to prevent partial holes from being punched along the edges of the sheet. To disengage a die, pull the silver lever that corresponds to the die straight out until it stops. If a die needs to be re-engaged, push the corresponding lever into the machine so that it aligns with the rest of the levers. To punch the standard 19-hole pattern on 11″ paper, disengage the first and last dies.
  6. Place up to 25 sheets of paper (based on 20 lb. stock) into the punch, positioning it so that it is flush with the side guide and the back of the punching throat. Note: If you are punching thicker paper or cover stock, you will need to reduce the number of pages per punch in order to avoid jamming the machine.
  7. Step on the foot pedal to engage the motor and punch through your document.
  8. Continue punching your document, working in sets of up to 25 sheets until all pages have been punched.
  9. Use the black knob located on the left side of the machine to set the comb opener to match the size of the plastic binding comb that is being used. Begin by turning it clockwise, then pull the comb opener handle until it reaches the desired position. Turn the knob counterclockwise to set the comb opener. This will allow you to open combs to the right size every time, improving efficiency when binding groups of the same document.
  10. Place a plastic binding comb into the comb opener, positioning it so that the tines of the comb are between the metal prongs and the open side of the comb is facing up.
  11. Pull the handle forward to open the comb, then place the pages of your book onto the open tines so that the front cover is facing you. If you are binding a large book, you may find it easier to feed the pages onto the comb in smaller sets instead of placing them all on at once.
  12. Once all of the pages are on the comb, lay them flat onto the top of machine and return the comb opener handle to the starting position to close the comb and finish the bind.
  13. Lift the book straight up from the comb opener.

How Do I Remove a Die Set from the GBC Magnapunch 2.0?

The GBC Magnapunch 2.0 modular binding punch makes punching documents easy and efficient, offering intuitive and dynamic operation using a push-button LCD interface. This model is compatible with a total of 13 interchangeable dies (including both standard and specialty punch patterns), making it a versatile addition to large offices, copy shops, and in-house binderies. Between the high-capacity die sets and the streamlined operation, the Magnapunch 2.0 can punch up to 49,000 sheets per hour.

Below are step-by-step instructions for removing a die from the Magnapunch 2.0:

  1. Place hand into the handle located on the right side of the die and grasp securely. Give the die a firm tug to disengage the Automatic Locking Mechanism.
  2. Once the Automatic Locking Mechanism has been released, the die can be pulled out of the machine using the handle.
  3. Store the die set in an area that is free from dust and debris until it is ready for use again.

How Does the GBC Magnapunch 2.0 Binding Punch Work?

The GBC Magnapunch 2.0 modular binding punch is a heavy-duty machine designed for high-volume output. In addition to being powerful, the Magnapunch 2.0 is also highly-advanced, with a user-friendly LCD screen that provides helpful feedback to enhance productivity, such as error messages and operating instructions. The machine also senses the placement of the paper as it is inserted, to prevent misalignment during punching. For added versatility, this model has a total of 13 interchangeable die options to suit a wide range of binding styles.

How Do I Install a Die Set on the GBC Magnapunch 2.0?

The GBC Magnapunch 2.0 is a heavy-duty modular binding punch that offers the utmost in precision with a unique LCD interface that gives users complete control over the binding process. The intuitive display provides instantaneous feedback, including error alerts and instructions, to help improve productivity and reduce operator mistakes. While the machine is advanced in its design and function, it is not difficult to use – providing consistent, professional results on a variety of projects with minimal setup. With its high-capacity, interchangeable dies, the Magnapunch 2.0 binding punch can electrically punch up to 49,000 sheets per hour.

Below is a step-by-step guide to installing a die set on the GBC Magnapunch 2.0 modular binder:

  1. Lift the desired die set up to the Die Set Slot (located on the right side of the machine), placing your fingers into the die set’s handle to keep them clear of potential hazards.
  2. Align the leading edges of the Die Set Support Rails (located along the bottom side of the die) with the leading edges of the Guide Rails on the Die Set Slots.
  3. Push the die into the Die Set Slot, ensuring that all of the punch pins are properly seated before inserting it into the machine.
  4. When the die is fully inserted into the machine, you will hear a “click.” This indicates that the Automatic Locking Mechanism has been engaged. The Automatic Locking Mechanism keeps the die securely in place while the machine is in use. Note: If the die is not correctly inserted into the machine and the locking mechanism is not engaged, then the machine will not operate.

How Do I Bind with the GBC ProClick Pronto P3000 Binding Machine?

The GBC ProClick Pronto P3000 is powerful enough to bind up to 450 documents per hour while still being surprisingly simple to operate. It offers electric punching and fully-automated inserting and closing in a compact size that fits into almost any office environment. Below are the step-by-step instructions for binding a document with the ProClick Pronto binding machine:

  1. Begin by plugging in and turning on the machine. When the power is initially turned on, the machine will make a “beep” sound.
  2. Insert the document to be punched into the punch tray, aligning paper to the left side of the tray. Press the “Punch” button to activate the electric punch. Note: The GBC ProClick Pronto P3000 has a maximum punching capacity of 15 sheets of 20 lb. paper. Using thicker paper will reduce the punching capacity. Do not attempt to punch more than two clear plastic binding covers at a time.
  3. Place your document into document sizer so that the machine can identify the document size.
  4. The machine will classify the document as one of three different sizes – “Small,” “Medium,” or “Large” – which correspond to the small-, medium-, and large-sized ProClick binding spines.
  5. Once the ProClick Pronto P3000 has measured the thickness of your document, the display will automatically indicate the correct spine size to load into the machine. The size will be listed on the User Interface under the heading “Insert correct ProClick spine size.”
  6. Insert the appropriate spine cassette into the spine slot. Note: The machine will allow you to bind small documents with larger spine sizes, but will not allow you to initiate the binding process if you have inserted a spine that is too small for the thickness of your document.
  7. Arrange your document so that the back cover is on top of the front cover, with the inside of the back cover facing out. This will allow you to hide the seam of the ProClick spine within your document after binding, which gives your finished document a more professional look.
  8. Place the entire punched document into the binding slot, punched side first.
  9. Press the “Bind” button to begin the binding process. The GBC ProClick Pronto P3000 will automatically pull a spine out of cassette, insert it into the document, and close it. The machine will beep when binding has finished.
  10. Remove your completed document from the machine. If you are binding multiple documents of the same size, you can continue binding without having to reset the document size. Note: The ProClick Pronto P3000 will automatically time out and return to the first step in the binding process if the machine sits idle for two minutes. In order to continue binding, you will need to re-insert your document into the document sizer.

The GBC ProClick Pronto P3000 has a built-in spine opening tool that allows you to un-bind the book so that it can be edited. To un-bind a book that has already been bound, simply insert the wedge of the spine opener tool (located on the left side of the machine near the document tray) into the loops of the spine and pull forward. As you slide the document forward, the tool will open all of the prongs of the spine. Once the spine has been opened, you can add, remove, or replace pages as necessary. The spine can be closed manually after you have finished editing your document.

How Do I Bind with the GBC ProClick P50 Binding Machine?

The GBC ProClick P50 binding machine is an incredibly compact unit that is capable of binding documents up to 1/2″ thick while still being portable enough to carry along for use in the field. It features an innovative sliding punch operation that quickly produces the 3:1 pitch punch pattern used by GBC ProClick binding spines. Below are the step-by-step instructions for binding a document with the GBC ProClick P50:

  1. Align the pages of your document by tapping them repeatedly against your working surface until all of the edges are square. This ensures that the holes will be punched evenly across all pages of your document, resulting in a professional-looking finished book.
  2. Insert up to six sheets of paper (based on regular 20 lb. thickness) or a single sheet of cover stock into the Punch Entry of the machine. Ensure that all pages are aligned correctly and have been fully inserted into the Punch Entry area. Align letter-sized sheets with the lower paper guide stop on the left side of the Punch Entry. Align oversized covers (such as binding covers with rounded corners, which measure 11 1/4″) with the upper paper guide stop on the left side of the Punch Entry.
  3. Slide the Punch Handle along the top of the ProClick P50 to punch your documents with the 3:1 pitch punch pattern used by ProClick binding spines.
  4. Remove the punched pages, insert new sheets, and slide the Punch Handle to punch the pages. Repeat as necessary, working in six-sheet sets until all pages of your document have been punched. Note: If you are using paper that is thicker than standard 20 lb. paper, then your punching capacity will be reduced.
  5. Once the entire document has been punched, place the back cover face down on the top cover. This will help to hide the seam of the spine inside the document once it has been closed, resulting in a more professional finished appearance.
  6. Feed the ProClick spine into the holes in the document.
  7. Manually crimp the full length of the ProClick spine to make the closing process easier, then fully close the first two spine fingers by hand.
  8. Slide the binding tool along the ProClick spine to close and lock the prongs. Note: To open the ProClick spine after binding, simply turn the tool around and slide it down the center of the spine.
  9. Turn the back cover to the back of your document. The binding process is now complete, and your document is ready to share with colleagues.
  10. Empty the waste container after use to help ensure proper operation.

Troubleshooting Your GBC ProClick Pronto P3000 Binding Machine

The GBC ProClick Pronto P3000 is a fully-automated binding machine that is designed for small- to medium-sized organizations that need to bind professional-looking books with ease. Using specially-designed ProClick binding spines, the ProClick Pronto P3000 can create up to 450 bound documents per hour, with almost no training required. Below is a list of helpful hints for troubleshooting common problems with the GBC ProClick Pronto P3000:


  • The machine won’t power up.  The indicator lights do not turn on.

Possible Solutions:

  • Ensure that the plug is inserted firmly into the socket. Try plugging the machine into a different socket and/or plugging a different appliance into the socket to test the power supply.
  • Check that the power switch is in the “On” position.


  • The machine does not power up and the lights do not turn on, even though the unit is plugged in and switched on.

Possible Solution:

  • Contact an Authorized GBC Technician for service. Attempting to fix the machine yourself could result in damage of the machine.


  • The User Interface displays an error and an icon indicating that the chip tray is full.

Possible Solution:

  • Empty the chip tray by pulling it straight out from the bottom of the machine and throwing away the contents. Replace the chip tray by pushing it straight in to the bottom of the machine. Note: The GBC ProClick Pronto P3000 will not operate without the chip tray securely in place. The tray will need to be emptied after approximately 60 books.


  • A ProClick spine and/or document is jammed inside of the machine.

Possible Solution:

  • The User Interface will guide you through the four steps of removing a jam. The first step is to pull the document out of the machine. Next, pull the Clear Safety Cover forward, which will disable the machine until returned to its original position. Then, lift the paper deck into the locked, resting position by pulling the tray up from the middle. Finally, remove the jammed spine, lower the paper deck, and push the Clear Safety Cover back into its operating position. The machine should now be ready to bind again.


  • The User Interface is displaying a flashing error icon.

Possible Solutions:

  • Reboot the machine by turning it off and back on again.
  • If the machine continues to display the same flashing error message on the User Interface after you have rebooted it, call a service technician for assistance.


  • The machine won’t bind, and the User Interface displays a message indicating that a specific action needs to be taken.

Possible Solution:

  • The GBC ProClick Pronto P3000 automatically detects all inputs before allowing binding to proceed. Detected items include: whether or not a binding spine is inserted into the machine, if the document size has been measured, and if the safety cover is closed. If any of these items are not in place, the machine will not allow you bind and will display a message to guide you toward the necessary corrective action.


  • The machine does not automatically resize based on the size of the document.

Possible Solutions:

  • Ensure that no paper is loaded into the paper deck when the spine is inserted.
  • If the spine that is inserted is smaller than the document size, then the machine will not allow you to bind.
  • If the User Interface displays a message that reads “insert punched document into size,” then you will need to resize the document in the document sizer.


  • The document components are inserted in the wrong sequence.

Possible Solution:

  • The spine cassette must be inserted before the document is placed into the paper deck. If you insert your document before the spine cassette, the User Interface will display a “Remove Document” error. Simply remove your document and follow the prompts on the User Interface.

How Do I Bind with the GBC VeloBind V50 Binding Machine?

While many schools, offices, and even homes have found a need to create bound documents, not everyone has the budget or the space for a full-function binding machine. For those that want to be able to occasionally bind their own documents, the GBC VeloBind V50 is an affordable, entry-level binding machine that is small enough to fit on a desktop while still being powerful enough to punch up to 20 sheets per lift. Below is an overview of binding documents with the GBC VeloBind V50:

  1. Begin by aligning the pages of your document by tapping them repeatedly against your work surface.
  2. Insert up to 20 sheets into the punching throat. If your document is longer than 20 pages, you will have to insert the sheets in sets. Note: The maximum punching capacity of the V50 is 20 sheets (based on regular 20 lb. paper; if you are using cover stock or thicker paper, your punching capacity will be reduced).
  3. Depress the punching lever with both hands to punch your document with the 4-pin VeloBind pattern.
  4. Remove the sheets from the punching throat, and repeat the process as necessary until your entire document has been punched.
  5. Place the document onto your work table so that it is facing up and the holes hang over the table’s edge.
  6. Insert the pins on the VeloBind spine downward through the punched holes.
  7. Carefully turn the document over and lay it flat on the table, ensuring that the spine stays in place.
  8. Place the slotted strip over the four pins, with the slots facing up.
  9. Secure the strip by holding it in the center and snap the pins into place, using your thumb and forefinger. Once all four pins have been snapped into place, the bind is complete.

Because the VeloBind 4-pin strips that are used with the GBC VeloBind V50 are recloseable, documents bound with them can easily be debound and edited. Below is an overview of how to debind reclosable 4-pin VeloBind strips:

Note: GBC manufactures a tool that is specifically designed to debind 4-pin VeloBind strips. The instructions below illustrate debinding techniques that do not require the use of a debinding tool. If you plan on doing a high volume of debinding, then you will find that a debinding tool is much more efficient.

  1. Use the tip of a pen to slide over the point of the pin and use leverage to pry the pin out of position.
  2. Continue pulling the pin up until it is returned to its upright position.
  3. Repeat with each of the remaining pins and remove the slotted strip.
  4. Punch all replacement sheets and insert them into your document as desired (or simply remove any unwanted pages).
  5. Follow the steps listed above for inserting the spine into your document and snapping the pins closed.

How Do I Bind with the GBC BindMate Binding Machine?

Comb binding is an economical, revision-friendly binding style that allows users to easily edit documents after binding. The GBC BindMate binding machine enables users to bind documents up to 5/8″ using standard 19-ring plastic combs, and has the added benefit of functioning as a three-hole punch as well. Below are the step-by-step instructions for binding with the GBC BindMate:

  1. Begin by selecting the desired punch pattern for your document using the small, sliding knob located on the top left of the machine. Sliding the knob to the left will create a 3-hole punch pattern and sliding it to the right will create the standard 19-hole comb binding pattern. Note: The handle must be in the fully upright position in order to change between hole patterns.
  2. Set the alignment guide based on your document. The Standard setting is used for 11″ paper and covers, and the Oversized option is used for oversized covers (such as rounded corner covers with have an 11-1/4″ length).
  3. Fully insert the paper into the punching slot and align the sheets so that they are flush against the alignment guide on the left side of the machine. Note: The GBC BindMate is capable of punching up to 8 sheets per lift (based on regular 20lb. paper) or a single PVC plastic cover up to 7 mil thick.
  4. Pull the punching handle down until the sheets have been punched, and then return it to its upright position. Note: If your document is longer than 8 pages, you will need to break it up into sets and repeat the punching process until all sets are punched.
  5. Determine the appropriate plastic binding comb size based on the page count and/or thickness of your document (most manufacturers include this information alongside the size of the comb itself). Place the comb onto the comb opener so that the small “fingers” of the comb face the front of the machine. Note: The GBC BindMate has a maximum binding capacity of 5/8″, or 125 sheets or regular 20 lb. paper.
  6. Gently pull the punch handle down to open the comb. Once the comb has been fully opened, use the comb opening lock located immediately behind the handle on the right side of the machine to hold the comb in the open position.
  7. Insert your punched document onto the open prongs of the comb, so that the front cover faces down.
  8. Once all pages have been inserted onto the comb, release the comb opening lock and return the handle to the upright position to close the comb.
  9. Remove the completed book from the machine, and empty the waste tray as needed.