It’s the second Monday in February which, of course, means it’s ‘Clean Out Your Computer Day’! Even if you weren’t aware that today is the special day, we’re sure you’ll still appreciate a few helpful tips. Working on a slow computer can be incredibly frustrating. It can deplete your motivation and kill productivity. Since we’re certainly no computer experts, we’ve scoured the web for the very best ways to clean up your computer- and speed it up at the same time! Below you’ll find links explaining a few easy steps you can take to make your computer run more efficiently. Enjoy!
This is without a doubt the most comprehensive article on the list today. We’ve put it first, because you probably can accomplish all you want with this guide. It covers physical cleaning, cable ‘neatifying’, updating, uninstalling, and optimizing. However, it is important to keep in mind that it only covers Windows computers. If you’re looking for some advice on Mac computers, check out the article below.
This great post from Wired.com is also comprehensive, and pays extra special attention to external cleaning. If your keyboard is gross and your screen is littered with fingerprints and smudges, this one is for you! It also covers some internal cleaning, along with some unique suggestions (clearing browser history and cleaning social media). This article also has some advice for our friends on Mac computers as well!
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a one and done option, this is it. This post just describes how to utilize a pre-installed tool on Windows to clean up your hard drive. It’s not the most exhaustive or comprehensive guide, but it will only take a few minutes to go through the suggested process.
This last article is focused specifically on speed. It discusses viruses, spyware, visuals, and defragmentation as a few methods of increasing speed. Your mileage may vary depending on how complicated you want to get, but these suggestions will get results!
If you’re also looking to clean up your email, we’ve already published a post which can be read here. We hope these tips help you! It’s also important to remember- only carry out tasks you’re comfortable with. There’s no shame in asking for help from an IT employee, or a tech savvy family member or friend. Let us know if you had any luck with the suggestions!