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Removing Permanent Ink (Sharpie) from a Computer Screen

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It can be difficult to remove Sharpie from your computer screen. Abrasive clothes and certain cleaners cannot be used on your screen. This is a guide about removing permanent ink from a computer screen.


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By 3 found this helpful
January 19, 2010

My 3 year old daughter decided to get artistic with a black Sharpie permanent marker! I freaked because it was on a LCD computer monitor which has a plastic screen. After reading some of the suggestions, I tried non-acetone nail polish remover. Much to my surprise and relief, it removed it completely and did no damage to the screen. If you have a similar situation, try using non-acetone nail polish remover and you won't be disappointed!


Source: Primarily from your website, but there wasn't any specific posts stating non-acetone nail polish remover as being used and being 100% successful.

By gta67 from Missouri

Editor's Note: Test a small corner first before cleaning the entire monitor.


March 24, 20100 found this helpful

My 2 year old grandson decided one day to draw on my computer screen with black permanent marker,and about two weeks later he decided to draw on it again. This time he used red and blue on top of the black, so I decided to search the web and came across this site,and read what GTA67 has posted,so i decided to try it,. I was very surprised how easy it came off the screen, even the black marker came off just as easy. I would like to say thank you gta67 for posting this,


Thank you, mickey

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July 29, 20100 found this helpful

I tried what user GTA67 advised and it work wonderfully! Thanks so much!

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May 25, 20131 found this helpful

Magic Eraser seems to work rather well with no apparent damage to the computer screen.

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June 24, 20160 found this helpful

I used a magic eraser and a normal nail polish remover to remove black sharpie of my computer screen

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August 29, 20160 found this helpful

wow! it worked great!thanks!

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October 20, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you for the magic eraser trick. No nail polish remover needed just the magic eraser and a bit of water

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November 18, 20160 found this helpful

you as well can use isopropyl alcohol A.K.A rubbing alcopropyl

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December 11, 20160 found this helpful

what is that magic ereaser how can Ibuy it

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March 7, 20172 found this helpful

when i couldnt find nail polish remover i opted to give hand sanitizer a try. worked like a charm- it came off as if it were dry erase. wish i could say the same for my desk ><

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April 5, 20130 found this helpful

My 4yr old sister put brown Sharpie on my movable mouse that's built in my laptop and on my screen. Please help!

By Jaun



April 8, 20130 found this helpful

Nail varnish/lacquer/polish remover containing acetone will usually get Sharpie off. Be sure to test in a small, inconspicuous area in case it removes the finish along with the Sharpie.

Rubbing alcohol (non-mentholated) will usually work too. Again, test a small area first.

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October 8, 20140 found this helpful

Dry erase marker will remove sharpie from almost any smooth flat surface (you can try other areas also). Just color the dry erase marker over the sharpie and then rub with a paper towel and the sharpie will wipe right off! We use this technique in preschools all the time. As with anything of this nature, test a small area first.

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March 26, 20160 found this helpful


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August 13, 20160 found this helpful

This was amazing. Took it right off. Thank you for such a quick & simple fix!!!

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September 18, 20090 found this helpful

I have permanent black marker on computer monitor screen. What is the best thing to use to clean it off?

Susan from Buffalo, NY


Permanent Marker On Computer Monitor Screen

Rubbing alcohol that comes in those single paks kinda like a handy wipe. I work in a grocery store that has the new computer screens and that is all we are allowed to use. Cleans up beautifully. (10/06/2006)

By Laurie

Permanent Marker On Computer Monitor Screen

Alcohol should work as long as your screen is glass rather than plastic (I believe many of the newer flat screens are plastic which makes them lighter weight.) (10/16/2006)

By Claudia from MD

Permanent Marker On Computer Monitor Screen

My sister drew all over my dad's laptop screen and I used dry erase marker over it then a very damp paper towel and that did the trick.

By Kay

Permanent Marker On Computer Monitor Screen

Black and Gold Hairspray and paper wipe is all it took, spray onto the paper then wipe, then wipe with a clean one. (10/18/2007)

By Keith H.

Permanent Marker On Computer Monitor Screen

While my mom wasn't home I got permanent marker on her laptop. I put my finger in my mouth and used my fingernail to scratch it off. It dosen't hurt the computer. Trust me.

By Alex

Permanent Marker On Computer Monitor Screen

I tried the alcohol and it took some of the marker off, but I followed up with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and it took all of it off. Thanks for the great advice. (04/25/2008)

By Cathy, Philadelphia

Permanent Marker On Computer Monitor Screen

Yikes! We freaked out when our almost 2 year old wrote black marker all over the computer screen, the keys and the desk. We didn't have rubbing alcohol, but I can safely say that my husband's not so expensive cologne worked very well. However, now the bedroom and not to mention the computer smells really good. (07/09/2009)

By morbetomommy

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January 19, 20100 found this helpful

How do I remove permanent black marker from my computer flat screen?

By supersketchy1 from Vancouver


Permanent Marker On Computer Monitor Screen

I would try dry erase marker over the mark on the screen. This works on dry erase boards, not sure if a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser would ruin the monitor or not. Fingernail polish remover might work. I would google this and see what you come up with. Good luck! Robyn (09/21/2009)

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