How to Care for Your Laptop Screen

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Today, laptops are much more durable than their earlier versions, at least from the outside. However, the screens remain vulnerable. If you bang against the screen or even apply too much pressure from the outside, laptop screens are very likely to do anything from forming small cracks to breaking all together. However, if you follow the recommendations in this article, you will get a much longer life from your screen.

Keep the cleaners in the cupboard
While the ammonia in many glass cleaners is the best solution for build-up on mirrors and windows, you do not want to use it on your laptop as the chemical will damage the screen. There are wipes that are made to work on computer screens; in a pinch, you can make a soft rag slightly damp and clean problem spots off with gentle pressure.

Keep your hands off
Don’t use your hands or other objects to point to objects on your laptop screen. If you’re using your laptop to facilitate a presentation and are projecting the images up onto a larger screen, use a laser pointer or the mouse and cursor to bring people’s attention to it.

Don’t slam the door
When you’re closing your laptop after a period of usage, bring the back down slowly, and apply pressure from the centre. This keeps your screen balanced and limits its impact when it reaches the closing point. Also, make sure that you haven’t left any pencils, paper clips, flash drives, orange slices or other debris on the keyboard. These could damage the screen when you close the laptop.

Leave the laptop on top of the pile
It’s OK to put a pamphlet, menu or even a small paperback on top of your laptop. However, things like your manual of office policies, your hardback biology textbook that sends you to the chiropractor after you have to carry it around, or that big dictionary should sit somewhere else. The pressure from outside the case can end up damaging the screen as well.

Pick your laptop up the right way
This usually isn’t a problem when the laptop is closed, but if it’s open and you want to move to another area to work without closing the laptop, pick it up from underneath the bottom, beneath the keyboard. Do not pick the laptop up by its screen.

Get the kids their own computer
Little kids do not need to be on your laptop. If you want them to start learning technology, there are plenty of electronic devices with learning gadgets that are a lot more durable than your laptop screen. Whether you rely on your laptop for work or just use it for personal enjoyment, you don’t want peanut butter fingerprints on the screen (yes, they will want to touch the screen too).

Close the laptop when you’re done.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but a lot of people walk away from their laptop and leave it open. If you get a message asking you to wait for the computer to download updates before closing, that’s OK, but come back in a while and gently close the lid. If your laptop is closed on your desk, then your screen is safe.

Put these tips to work for you to keep your laptop screen intact for the long haul. After all, it’s fairly easy to follow a video guide to replacing a laptop screen, but it isn’t fun!

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