Are you a digital hoarder? I have many clients who just can’t press the delete button, then they call me because their computer is running slow or it’s out of room. I have even had one client who would buy a new iPad each time she filled one up with photos!
So, with the holiday season in full swing it’s a good opportunity to spend some quality time cleaning out that digital warehouse of unwanted old photos, documents and emails that have been gathering valuable space and potentially slowing your computer down.
Here are a few tips;
Get Organised: Put your files in the right folders!
If you don’t know where they are, open windows explorer or Mac finder and look for folders named Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos. They are there to make it easier for the computer to find relevant material so start moving them into the right folders.
Clean up your Desktop!
If you have an enormous number of documents and files on your Desktop, now is the time to put them into the right folders. The more files stored on your Desktop, the slower your computer runs.
Empty your Rubbish Bin!
Right click on your Rubbish Bin and click “Empty”. These two clicks will go a long way to freeing up some space.
Delete your old emails!
Every new year I delete every email that is over six months old.
Start culling your pictures!
Stop putting it off, it’s time to get rid of them! There is no other way around it, so dive in, you can start by deleting just the duplicates.
Windows computers: click on your menu button and type ‘Disk Cleanup’ on your computer, open it and check the boxes – Downloaded Program Files, Temporary Internet Files, Recycle Bin and Temporary Files and then click “OK”.
These few tips will go a long way to help you keep your computer running smoothly.
I hope you have a relaxing and safe holiday period. If you have any questions you can always call me on 1300 682 817 or Nathan@hometechassist.com.au
Merry Christmas, Nathan