5 spring cleaning tips for your computer

5 spring cleaning tips for your computerIf computers could have dust bunnies, I know five corners in which they’d hide. These areas are often forgotten and become easily clogged and congested with old files.

So put on your rubber gloves, get out the broom and let’s attack those digital dust bunnies by doing these simple 5 things:

1. Empty your trash bin

This little sucker can hold thousands of old documents and never make a peep or mess up your office. No wonder it’s so easy for you to forget to empty it. But it’s important to do so because all that trash is taking up valuable space on your computer’s hard drive.

2. Put away the files in your downloads folder

This is the folder that holds everything you download. It can quickly become jammed with documents, photos and music files. If you clean this folder out regularly, not only will your computer be better off, you’ll save time later because these files can be easily found.

3. Purge unused programs and applications

We only use about 20% of the applications we have on our computer. Some we download because it seems like a good idea at the time, but in reality, we haven’t used them. Go through your programs and if you haven’t used one in a year, get rid of it.

4. Pictures Folder

Digital photos are memory hogs. Individually they’re not so bad, but when you have thousands (as most of us do) it can be a nightmare. If you’re an avid photographer, move your photos onto an external hard drive or onto the Cloud to get them off your computer.

5. Desktop

A cluttered desktop slows down you and your computer.  All those files and folders cluttering your desktop use a bunch of your computer’s resources. So file them or toss them.

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