How to open the lock on DVD covers

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How to open the lock on DVD covers
Open your DVD movie covers. (a dvd-r disc image by wayne ruston from

Although DVD covers are made to be easily opened, some cases have one or two locks built into the cover. This is because as a case is used more and more, the plastic tabs keeping the cover closed begin to fail. The additional lock keeps the cover closed and helps ensure the case does not open accidentally, leaving the disc exposed. The locks also prevent young children from opening a DVD case and hurting the DVD. Once you have figured out how to open the lock on a DVD case, you can remove the disc and view the movie.

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    Look at the front of the DVD cover, then turn it to the left so the side of the case that opens up is facing you. (The spine of the DVD cover will be facing the floor.) Here, where you normally place your fingers to open the case, is the DVD lock. Some cases have locks on either side of the finger space.

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    Move your thumb over the edge of the lock where the side of the case meets the front. You can feel a small groove here. Pull up on the groove to open the small, plastic lock using your fingertip or fingernail. Most locks are about three inches and take up the middle of the DVD cover edge. Some DVD cases with two locks, each about one inch, open the same way.

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    Insert your free thumb into the opening made by the lock being pulled up. Pull away with your finger and the DVD case opens completely, exposing the disc in the interior of the DVD case.

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    Close the DVD cover once you have finished the movie and replaced the disc, and press the lock(s) back into the cover. This secures the DVD case until the next time you want to watch a movie.

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