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I have a dimmer similar to this one.

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There are no screws visible from the front. Looking at it from the side there appears to be two face plates stacked on top of each other. I can fit my screwdriver between the two and between the last one and the wall. Gentle prying with a screwdriver doesn't seem to work.

How can I remove the cover plate?

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There are screws behind the front cover plate that hold the back cover plate to the junction box. The front plate snaps into place.

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You can see from the diagram that there should be a small indentation and a tab inside of this. If you push the tab in gently with a flat head screwdriver, then you can just pull the front plate off exposing the screws for the back plate.

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@Sarah, Although it is possible you have a fairly expensive switch like the one you posted a link, it is most likely a regular switch with a small upgraded cover. Either way maple_shaft's answer is correct and you should be able to gently pry/snap it off but it's is likely about a $5 mistake if it breaks, not hundreds. Example Link to similar cover. Wanted you to feel confident/comfortable about removing it. –  Jason Mar 22 '13 at 14:02
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