Removing Permanent Ink (Sharpie) from a Computer Screen

January 19, 2010

A Sharpie marker with its lid off.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

July 29, 20100 found this helpful

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

May 25, 20132 found this helpful

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

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

August 29, 20160 found this helpful

wow! it worked great!thanks!

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

November 18, 20160 found this helpful

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

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 ><

October 11, 20170 found this helpful

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

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.

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

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?

December 9, 20180 found this helpful

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

June 12, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you! I accidentally got sharpie ink on the outside of my husbands computer, used hand sanitizer came right off with small amount being used thank you

June 24, 20190 found this helpful

thanks a lot it works

May 21, 20200 found this helpful

i have try everything cant get off my laptop screen.

November 9, 20200 found this helpful

A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser moistened with a little water took Sharpie right off of both of my Dell 4K monitors that our great niece had scribbled on. It also took it off of the lid of my MacBook Pro. Nice try, baby.

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April 7, 2018

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.


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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.
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  • 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!

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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.

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.

March 26, 20160 found this helpful


August 13, 20160 found this helpful

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

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

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!!!

July 3, 20190 found this helpful

That might of work for you and apperently everyone else in the world. Lol.. Not a shade lighter didnt work not even a little bit. Ive tried rubbing alcohol, dry erase marker, sunscreen (i know ), windex, toothpaste. Im lucky as it is only on the outside of my laptop. Any other ideas beside the obvious chemicals. I will be trying the mr. Clean thing but i dought itll touch it.

December 1, 20190 found this helpful

oml i got sharpie on my school dell laptop and i tried expo it made it worse than i tried dish soap also did not work i even tried vinegar and nail polish remover i have school tomorrow WHAT DO I DOOOOOO

February 11, 20200 found this helpful

Thanks a lot! You saved me from paying $250 for drawing on my computer!!

December 16, 20200 found this helpful

this works amazingly with the dry erase marker!!!! thanks!!!!

March 8, 20210 found this helpful


March 15, 20220 found this helpful

it did not work it only made it worse it was my freaking school laptop i hat this booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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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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September 3, 20190 found this helpful

Use one part isopropyl alcohol to two parts water to get it off.


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September 3, 20191 found this helpful

No, using this on your monitor can damage the screen. I would use rubbing alcohol to do this one. You can mix it with a little water to tone it down a bit.


Other than this visit a computer store and buy the screen cleaner. This should also work.


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September 4, 20190 found this helpful

Do. Or use acetone, or nail polish remover. It could melt the plastic of your computer screen. If its glass go ahead, but it most likely is plastic. I recommend a small amount of running. Alcohol on a cotton round. The higher percentage would be better- 90% is only 10% water, whereas 50% is half water. Water is bad for electronics. I can almost guarantee alcohol will remove it for you, its what I use myself.


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September 4, 20190 found this helpful

I would not further dilute it with water. The alcohol evaporates quickly, water could ruin the computer.


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September 4, 20190 found this helpful

How long has it been stained? I had luck getting most of a fresh stain off with a dry erase eraser made for a dry erase board. Never put anything wet/liquid on your screen or it could cause more damage.

Post back what works!

September 8, 20190 found this helpful

You might try covering a little of the mark with a dry-erase marker and see if it will rub off and take the Sharpie mark with it.

April 6, 20230 found this helpful

Just now I used a pencil eraser (the pink pearl kind from papermate) and it came off the screen. Worth a try.

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