IT for Donuts: stop loose wires sliding off your desk

By: John McGarvey

Date: 8 September 2014

IT for Donuts is our regular weekly feature where we explain a tech term or answer a question about business IT.

This week, are you forever having to locate wires that have slipped down the back of your desk? This tip might just change your life.

Losing laptop wires

If you work from your laptop, you probably have cables for a mouse, keyboard, monitor and power on your desk.

You might also have charging cables for your smart phone, tablet, and Bluetooth headset. Oh, and don’t forget your network cable.

That’s a lot of wires to keep track of. And if they slip down behind your desk, you can be faced with a nightmare tangle to sort out, just so you can plug in and charge up your phone.

The simple way to keep wires visible

If we’re honest, this tip has been posted on various advice websites before - most notably, Lifehacker. But it’s so simple and handy that it’s worth sharing again.

This picture - from the laptop stand on my own desk - tells the story:

Clips with cables

Yes, it’s that simple. Run the cables through the ends of a Bulldog clip or two (you might need to unclip them from the main meta springy bit), then clip them to a solid item on your desk - or to the desk itself.

You’ll never lose a cable behind your desk again.

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