Removing Permanent Ink (Sharpie) from a Computer Screen


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 richard from Missouri

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


March 24, 20102 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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March 7, 20173 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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October 11, 20170 found this helpful

Happened to me as well!!! " year old grandson. The rubber worked. Thankyou

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November 25, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you so much for this saved my life after our 4 year old coloured the whole screen black.
Think I tried everything top no avail and then tried this, came off instantly.

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December 24, 20170 found this helpful

I tried it and it came off quickly. Thanks so very much.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Brita 03

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April 5, 20180 found this helpful

I tried using something called AWESOME, and it didn't do ANYTHING, then I tried HAND SANITIZER and still NO RESULTS in taking the sharpie ink off my computer screen. I will buy the magic eraser and non acetone polish remover, and IF neither one of those don't work, does ANYONE have ANY MORE BRIGHT ISEAS as to what else to try next?

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December 9, 20180 found this helpful

Alcohol didnt work.. not sure if it matteed that it was wintergreen

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My 3 year old brother decided he wanted to draw on a piece of paper with permanent marker, but used my laptop screen as something to lean on and I need to get it off before Monday because I have to use it on Monday.

I can't use rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, hand sanitiser, or a Magic Eraser because then other people will find out what happened, because they will be able to smell it and realise that some of the product is missing or has marks on it.


April 7, 20180 found this helpful
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I'm afraid the items you mentioned may be the only ones that will remove those marks.

  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (or generic) usually works and does not harm the screen so try this as it leaves no odor or markings behind.
  • You could try a dry erase marker: Just color the dry erase marker over the sharpie and then rub with a paper towel and the sharpie will usually wipe off.
  • You could try a little alcohol as the odor evaporates quickly but always test a small corner before using in a larger area.
  • I think you have read some of the suggestions on the Internet but here is a good link:
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April 5, 2013

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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March 17, 20180 found this helpful

Yes my granddaughter just wrote all over my laptop screen with black permanent marker.

I used a dry ease marker and followed the lines and low and below it wipe off on a soft tissue.

All marks removed !!!!

Hurray! Thank you for your help.

Grateful Grannie

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April 5, 20180 found this helpful

Dry Easter worked like a charm!!! Removed black permanent marker from ALL OVER SCREEN MY 2 YEAR OLD GRANDDAUGHTER USED AS A COLORING BOOK!!!

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September 3, 2019

Will just normal acetone nail polish remover get rid of Sharpie without damaging my computer screen or is there a certain acetone nail polish remover I need to use?

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