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George Michaelson

Older models came with plastic 'clips which stuck permanently to the screen edge, to make slots to slide it into. Alas, as we've gone edgeless, this has become harder to make work on Macs.

I have found the sticky strips are working. I now remove a lot more than I used to, and have yet to seek replacement sticky.

Dan York

George - yes, someone else suggested I try to find those plastic clips... although in looking online it looks like I probably would need to buy a new privacy screen just to get the clips! :-(

I'm glad the sticky strips are working for you. As evidenced by my post, they are not working for me. Perhaps you're taking better care of them than I was able to do.

John Wall

I haven't found anything that works. I used to have a 3M one that had tabs that stayed on all the time, but haven't seen those in a while. I've seen people use velcro but that won't work on a Mac. I've thought about super gluing one to a piece of lycra and making a "privacy turtleneck" for my mac but it's less work to risk somebody catching a peek of whatever HBO show I am watching...


You can get free replacement strips at http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/3MScreens_NA/Protectors/Tips-Resources/Parts/

No cost, free shipping.


Can you not just place the privacy filter which you want to use it in front of the screen without sticking it onto the mac?
I was thinking of getting one and since i do not use public transport, I drive, the only time I would use it is when I'm at a desk so I would just switch on my mac and then just place the filter on the screen when I want to use it. I would then take it off and put it into the folder when I'm not using it.

Dan York

Noah - MANY thanks for pointing out that page on 3M's site. I've now ordered some replacements.

Simon - if you are at a desk where you can put the privacy filter on and off that can probably work great for you. I need this for my laptop and so it's cumbersome to have the filter in there when it is NOT attached correctly. (It gets in the way of the laptop closing sometimes... or it falls out.)


What I did with an edgeless screen was I "built up" the slide tabs -- I put two slide tabs on top of each other (one pointing up, one pointing down) at the bottom of the screen, and other MacGuyering as needed. It's not pretty, necessarily, but slide tabs rarely are.


My solution, while not elegant, works for me...."sticky tack". Sometimes called poster tack or poster putty. Just take a couple of tiny pieces, roll them into small balls and place them under the corners of the protective screen. On my desktop I actually place the tack on the outside of the screen protector in each corner and secure it against the lip of the monitor. It allows me to easily remove and replace the protector (which I do often). To refresh the tack, just give it a little roll between thumb and forefinger. Good luck, hope this helps! :)


Privacy screens are not meant to be take on and off, you put it on and leave it. Or then did you really need privacy...

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