Dell Docking Station Removal

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Dell Docking Station Removal
Disconnect the devices first, then remove the laptop. (laptop image by Jorge Figueiredo from

A Dell docking station provides a way to turn your laptop into a true desktop replacement. Once the docking station is set up, all you need to do is slide your laptop into it and enjoy the convenience of all the devices attached to it. You can connect external monitors and printers, as well as an external keyboard and mouse to make working with your laptop easier. When you no longer need the docking station, you first need to disconnect all those peripheral devices, then remove the laptop itself.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Shut down the laptop and wait for it to power down. Unplug the Dell power station from its outlet.

  2. 2

    Remove the external keyboard and mouse from the back of the docking station. Older Dell docking stations might use the round style PS/2 connectors, while newer ones use USB connectors for the keyboard and mouse.

  3. 3

    Loosen the connection for the external monitor by twisting the thumbscrews until they move freely. Pull the monitor cable off the monitor port on the back of the docking station.

  4. 4

    Remove any additional external devices plugged into the Dell docking station. Set those peripheral devices aside.

  5. 5

    Locate the release lever on the Dell docking station. Some Dell docking stations place the release lever on the front, while others have the lever on the side. Push the release lever, then gently pull the laptop free of the docking station.

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