If you want to keep your house clean, you need to dust it regularly; if you want your car to run well, you should service it annually; and if you want your computer to stay speedy and responsive, it needs its own maintenance—a digital spring clean.
We’re not just talking about wiping down your keyboard, but also about clearing up the digital clutter inside your system, including apps you don’t use, junk files that are taking up room, and more. Here’s how to get started.
1. Deleting Apps
Uninstalling apps you no longer use can instantly improve your computer’s performance.
As time progresses, you’ve probably acquired quite a few applications on your computer that you’re no longer using. I’m mostly talking about stuff that you’ve downloaded from the Internet for one time use (free video editing software, file converting programs, and the like). Delete it all. You can always download it again later if you need it. Too many applications can take up space on your computer, slowing it down and giving you unreasonable amounts of apps to sift through when you’re trying to find the one you actually need to use.
2. Clear Away Digital Clutter
It’s just like cleaning up your house, only easier.
Sort through your My Documents files and get rid of those files that you don’t need anymore. It’s intimidating, like a file cabinet that hasn’t been opened in months–or years, and is covered with dust, even spider webs. Do it, though. If you don’t, every time you search, the computer must finger through all those unused and worthless files. It doesn’t understand the difference between ‘unused’ and ‘important’.
3. Organize Your System
Control the clutter.
If no one sees your computer except you, what’s the point of keeping it tidy? Well, it means an easier time for your OS and your installed applications, and it also saves you time when you’re looking for important files. Plus, if everything is organized neatly, there’s less chance of files getting forgotten about and eating up hard drive space. Get your files in the designated user folders (like Documents on macOS or Windows) and you’ll notice the benefits the next time you need to open something quickly.
4. Clean The Junk Off Your Desktop
Put files in their correct folders. You can thank us later.
Your desktop is your canvas. When you login to your computer, there’s nothing more distracting than seeing a desktop covered with random files, application shortcuts, and folders. I tend to think of the desktop as a workspace, and while it’s fine to put it to use when you’re working on a specific project, you should always clean it up before you shutdown for the night. Put important documents into folders, sort through your media, and delete all your shortcuts. Once you finish you can even swap out your wallpaper for a fresh, new start.
5. Physically Clean Your Equipment
Microfiber cloths and compressed air cans are the way to go to clean the outside of your hardware.
While you’re tackling a computer spring clean, you may as well do some physical cleaning at the same time. The equipment you need isn’t expensive, and the job won’t take you very long. Just be sure to power down and unplug your computer first.
Start with a can of compressed air, which is always useful for blasting away dirt from keyboards and ports. Then use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe down the outside of your machine and any of its peripherals, such as a mouse and keyboard. Cotton swabs are another helpful tool, as they help you clear away built-up dirt from nooks and crannies.
So, are you ready to get started on your computer spring cleaning but maybe need some help? Contact us today and we’ll help you out!