The Center Control Cover has no real function except for protecting the more complicated components of the laptop. If the laptop is dropped and this component is cracked it may need to be replaced.
Turn the laptop over to its back.
Slide the release latch while simultaneously pulling backwards on the battery.
Slide the battery out of the battery bay.
After removing the battery, remove the two screws (3mm Phillips #1) beneath it. These screws hold the Center Control Cover in place.
Flip the laptop over to the front and open the display as far as possible.
Pry the Center Control Cover from the laptop. On the right there is a small divot, it is advised that you start removing the panel from here.
Carefully lift the Center Control Cover away from the laptop.