National Clean Up Your Computer Month

The month of January has been set aside for Clean Up Your Computer Month

You may use your computer to help with both your personal and professional workload. However, if you neglect it sometimes, it can slow down or even stop working just when you need it most.

It can feel like the last thing you have time for is to clean the hard disk on your computer. However, carefully organizing and backing up your computer data might potentially save you a ton of time, particularly in the event that your Mac or PC ever decides to crash. Here are five quick actions to get your computer running at its best in honor of National Clean Up Your Computer Month.

Back up your files

Best practices advise backing up all of your data before you start cleaning out the clutter on your computer. You may accomplish this by mirroring your hard drive on an additional disk, copying files to the cloud (many of which have automatic backup functions), or using an external drive. There are free software programs available to do this backup approach, and many modern PCs come with more than one disk.

You may carry it out on your own. An excellent instruction for creating mirrored volumes may be found at Windows Central. Backing up prevents the loss of crucial data, even if you only create a copy of critical personal, academic, and professional files.

Organizing documents

It’s typical to assign files names that are unrecognizable, especially when hurried. Similar to this, individuals frequently hide papers in unnamed folders or other difficult-to-find locations. When you need files again, these practices may make it difficult to locate them. This not only accumulates into a disorganized mess but also significantly slows down your computer. More significantly, when anything goes wrong, files on your desktop might not be as adequately secured. Some backup applications don’t always back up the desktop.

Use a logical naming and archiving scheme that is effective for you instead. Your virtual workplace may be made more organized by putting desktop files in the proper folders.

Organizing emails

It’s hard to give specific instructions for arranging messages because there are so many email applications and Web-based mail services accessible. However, a few fundamentals can really make a difference. Remove any messages you don’t need first. It’s also a good idea to create easily recognizable folders rather than letting your mail jumbled up in your inbox. Additionally, refreshing your contacts list helps guarantee that you have the addresses you require without the extra clutter of outdated contacts.

The inbox was maintained clean while organizing stored emails for later retrieval by routinely removing or distributing emails to a dozen folders.

Another devil of the inbox is spam. Use the email unsubscribe tool and flag the message as spam to ensure it doesn’t come from the undesirable sender again. Additionally, to help cut down on spam emails, keep stock text in an email folder. A note gently reminds individuals that I don’t accept jokes or non-business messages in my work email, and another message nicely requests that people outside of work refrain from sending a group email that discloses everyone’s email address.

Organize online passwords and folders

You can speed up searches and site access by using features in your browser. Make a note of websites you often visit and remove any outdated bookmarks.

When you save your bookmarks, give them new names that make sense to you.

More websites now appear to want a password. For many websites, a password organizer like Keychain (for Macs) or Windows Live ID (for PCs) works just well. However, keep in mind that any passwords kept online are susceptible. Personally, I don’t save any confidential customer information or financial information online. Use the automatic password saving option in Windows and web browsers sparingly as well. If someone had access to your computer at home or at work, they might quickly find these passwords.

Prevent unnecessary programs from starting

You could have unknowingly installed applications or programs on a regular basis to carry out certain tasks or file actions. The start-up or continuous functioning of your computer may ultimately slow down as a result of those downloads attaching themselves to the menu. Enter “misconfig” into your start menu’s search bar to launch the System Configuration window (in Windows 10, System Configuration is a desktop app).

To view the list of applications, select the Startup tab. Any apps you don’t wish to execute when your computer starts up should have the box next to them unchecked.

Go to System Preferences, then Users & Groups on a Mac. The Login Items tab may be accessed by clicking your username after that.