Tips on how to avoid smudging the edge of the screen when opening macbook?


macrumors 6502a
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Jul 23, 2017
I've had this issue with all 3 of my MacBooks for the last 9 years, and one little thing that bugs me to this day is no matter how careful I am, I always smudge the edge of the screen when trying to open my macbook. That little cutout on the aluminum doesn't do me any favors, it actually insures that my thumb will smudge the screen. I've googled everything, but nothing comes up particularly on this matter. Can anyone provide me any tips on how to get around this issue? I'm tired of having to clean my screen, and I'm paranoid each time that the coating will come off from over-cleaning it. My last macbook suffered from cleaning it and got a huge chunk of off-coating in the center of the screen.


macrumors 6502
Nov 13, 2015
Open it with just the tip of your finger and pull it fully open? You can't reach past the raised seal line otherwise, you'll touch the screen.

Might also be easier to just clean the screen every so often.
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macrumors 601
Apr 11, 2014
It's hard for me to even see any smudges on that part of the screen but whatever smudges there may be (which I don't check for) have got to be minimal.

If it bothered me I'd just wipe it down with an appropriate cloth every now and that.
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