I turned the tower around so I could get to the back easily. Then I took small pieces of paper and printed bold numbers on each one: 1, 2, 3, etc. I covered each paper with tape (front and back) and then taped a number to each cord close to where it plugs in at. Then on the tower itself, I took a medium-fine permanent magic marker and marked the corresponding number next to where each cord is plugged in.
Now if I replace a piece of equipment (get a new printer for instance) if I can't use the same cord, then I simply mark the new cord in the same way with the same number and plug it into the same place. If I get something new, I mark it the same way.
Or when I get the computer back from being repaired (believe me I threaten the repair shop with their LIVES if they remove my markings!), it only takes me a couple of minutes to hook everything back up! This method has saved me many hours of frustration, tears, and words that the fella down below would blush at!
By Cricketnc from Parkton, NC
I worked for computer companies and troubleshooting for the customers. Some were not as knowledgeable as others and so they would unplug everything and not know where the cables would go. My solution is to take cheap nail polish and before unplugging the wires color coat the cable and above the plug-in in back of computer with the same color. On the next cable use a different color.
This also is good for reminding you what end goes to computer and the one that goes to printer or fax machine by color coding. Also, if you live in your own home, use this on the plug that the phone system and computer share or fax. You will not have any more problems hooking your own computer up. I have helped several people, including workplaces, with this technique and they loved it!
By cj from Minot, ND
You can also put 1 on the side of your tower or desk by attaching a self stick hook or a Command hook which requires no holes if you don't want to put anything on your wall. Less clutter - less stress.
By Hilary from Yorktown, NY
Has anyone got an idea or solution for hiding wires from the computer, printer, phone, lamp, etc. at the computer desk?
By Mona A. from AL/GA Stateline/ Ft Benning, GA
I needed this myself so started a board here with 4 ideas. Hope this helps. http://pinterest.com/blueribbonfair/why-did-i-not-think-of-that/
How do I hide black computer cords on a white desktop? I have them plugged in underneath the desk and hidden, but there are still lots of cords on the desk top plugged into my laptop that look messy. Any suggestions?
By Lois B.
How can I organize my computer wires?
Debbie from Manchester, NH
I LOVE the phone cord idea! What a wonderful idea! I use the Velcro reusable ties for everything! For stuff that goes to the camera that I don't use often but need to know where they are. Hubby has a book case that I took over stocked flat box from post office (even a shoe box will work) and I used the lid to create 4 separate sections. Each section I put one cord; one for charger, one for usb and one for the actual camera, then one for the software. Then I slide it on a shelf with the box labeled on what it is. Works great for us.
Hugs and best of luck!
Most of us have loads of Computer wires to deal with. I also have a large collection of hair clips, some of which are too tight. So I came up with this idea and it worked. I clipped some of the hair clips around bunches of wires. This makes the wires more visible and less likely to get tangled.
Next up, the wires on my home theater!
If I don't use the hair clips, I may use bright chenille sticks (pipe cleaners).
By Linne Dodds
We just got a new computer desk and I have a terrible mess of computer cords from the existing computer. It looks like an out of control octopus. Does anyone have a simple way of getting the cables and cords behind the desk? I am worried about unplugging everything and then the computer not working again. I am a computer beginner. Thanks for any help or suggestions.
Mary from Redmond, WA
Like everyone above thirty I have aches and pains. Mine aren't common; I can barely get around after a bout of meningitis. My computer went down, and my friend came over (he's a computer engineer) and fixed it.
When the time came to put it back and boot it up, I took masking tape and marked each cord that went into the tower. Now if I have to move the tower (or clean it), I can easily tell what cord goes where. Computer buffs know what goes where, and so they don't have to think about it. But in tight quarters, it is so easy to re-connect or troubleshoot about what cord may be loose. It worked for this dummy!
By Damaged05170 from Dayton OH