How to Remove the Front Panel of a Desktop Computer Case

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How to Remove the Front Panel of a Desktop Computer Case
Removal of the front panel of your computer case is sometimes nessesary. (tower computer image by Albo from

The front panel of your desktop computer case must be removed to take out, replace or add certain hardware. Hardware that must be installed or removed after taking off the front panel include hard drives, CD drives, and DVD drives. Removal of the side panel of your PC case must first be completed in order to take off the front panel. Front panel removal procedures are generally the same for all cases, the only difference may be the number of pegs holding the front panel on.

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  • Phillips screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Shut down your computer, then unplug the power supply. This will help prevent accidentally shorting out any components. Touch an unpainted metal surface before working on a computer to discharge any static electricity. Static electricity can be harmful to the inner workings of your computer.

  2. 2

    Unplug all cables from the front panel of the computer case.

  3. 3

    Loosen the screw located along the rear edge of the computer case. This may require a screwdriver depending on your specific case.

  4. 4

    Push the side panel toward the back of the computer by pulling on the edge of the rear portion. Set the side panel aside.

  5. 5

    Locate the front panel tabs clipped inside the front portion of the case that hold the front panel to the computer case. There are usually four to six tabs and appear in sets of two. Push on a set of tabs in unison to disengage them from the computer case. Repeat to dislodge the other tabs. The front panel of the computer case can now be removed.

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