How to Stop Sun Glare on a Laptop

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How to Stop Sun Glare on a Laptop
Don't let the sun's glare keep you from working outside on your computer. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Taking your laptop outside can allow you to tap on the keys or watch a movie while enjoying the outdoors. Yet, the glare of the sun can put a damper on your plans, especially if your laptop features a glossy, not a matt, screen. Sometimes, you can remedy the situation by brightening or repositioning the laptop screen, but it may not work well enough for you to be productive. Fortunately, devices exist that will allow you to stop the sun's glare so you can see the screen without frustration.

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Things you need

  • Laptop visor
  • Removable antiglare filter

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    Anti-Glare Filter

  1. 1

    Clean your laptop screen with a lint-free, soft cloth such as one made of microfibers.

  2. 2

    Attach an antiglare filter to the computer screen. Some antiglare filters are flexible and cling to the surface of the screen to block out the sun's glare. Some are made of thin, hard plastic and come with holding tabs that you adhere to the edges of your computer screen before sliding the shield into the tabs.

  3. 3

    Remove the filter or leave it in place when you close the laptop. Follow the product's specific directions for best results.

    Laptop Visor

  1. 1

    Install the laptop visor onto the screen of your laptop, according to the manufacturer's instructions. Some visors will require you to attach Velcro to the edges of the laptop lid to match with the Velcro strips on the visor.

  2. 2

    Fold the visor around the sides and over the top of your laptop screen and secure it in place, according the product instructions.

  3. 3

    Detach the visor from the Velco strips -- if applicable -- and fold the top and side flaps back behind the screen, flat against the lid, when you're through using the visor so you can close your laptop lid. Some visors may require that you remove them completely before closing the laptop.

Tips and warnings

  • J.D. Biersdorfer, "Gadgetwise" blogger for "The New York Times," suggests taping a file folder to the top of your laptop screen -- like the bill of a baseball cap -- if you don't want to spend the money on a commercial visor.

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