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Cleaning Your Computer Mouse And Keyboard While Switched On

Have you ever tried cleaning your keyboard or mouse while your computer is turned on, but been really frustrated because you keep clicking on things and you don't want to delete or edit something by accident?

Usually when you realise that the underside of your mouse has a build up of dirt and hair, or that your keyboard has become rather dirty, it's not at a convenient time to power off your computer, and so you either have to put off the task or risk clicking on something you had rather you didn't by mistake when you are cleaning it.

There is a really simple solution, one that is so obvious that it's taken me more than 10 years to figure out. I guess I just needed that long to do a bit of good old lateral thinking.

What you do is just what you ought to do (in an office at least) when you leave your computer for a while, and that is to Lock It. Locking the computer literally stops anyone from doing anything on the computer using the keyboard or mouse until it's unlocked again.

To lock your computer, press the Ctrl+Alt+Del keys together, and this will bring up a menu. The first option on the menu should be to Lock Computer. Take the option, and then the keyboard and mouse won't be able to do anything unless you press the Ctrl+Alt+Del key combination again to unlock it.

So you are now free to clean your keyboard and mouse, and when you are done, just unlock the computer and voila!

Hope this tip helps, really simple isn't it.

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inkyuboz wrote on July 1, 2014, 9:04 AM

I'm a sloppy guy (and to think I'm an engineer! heh) so you won't be surprised when you check my keyboard and it's full of crumbled tortilla chips and/or mini dust bunnies. I'm waiting for the moment that I won't be able to type anymore. I'll just let out an exasperated sigh because that means I *have to* clean my keyboard.

And that's when this article would be helpful. Yep.

poddys wrote on July 1, 2014, 1:57 PM

Yeah mine was like that at work the other week, turning the keyboard upside down and banging it on the desk revealed a treasure trove of crumbs. I bit the bullet and did a good clean on it, now it's a lot more pleasant to use as well as to look at on the desk.

poddys wrote on July 8, 2014, 4:16 PM

I used to do that too, and was always worried that I might press something I didn't want to. Locking the keyboard makes it so much easier.

Paula76 wrote on July 13, 2014, 2:26 PM

I try to clean mine regular. Thanks for the tips

paigea wrote on July 14, 2014, 3:58 PM

I just tried that and it's true, it does bring up a menu. The only thing I've ever used control/alt/delete for is when my computer froze

poddys wrote on July 14, 2014, 4:16 PM

I don't clean mine as often as I ought to, I suspect most of us are guilty.

poddys wrote on July 14, 2014, 4:17 PM

You can also access the Task Manager from the menu, and show what tasks are running. That can be very handy, especially is you are getting problems with your computer.