Your computer isn't acting the way it did back when you first purchased it. Surfing has become painfully slow, thousands of files and duplicates riddle your hard drive, and your desktop has become populated with shortcuts (some of which haven't been clicked for a long time).
Thankfully, you can quickly delete unnecessary files and programs from your computer, releasing data for it to be properly used by your machine. You can also tweak your surfing habits and your bookmarks, using icons instead of the traditional list of unfamiliar URLs.
1. Take time to clean your computer's desktop. Your PCs Desktop is akin to your physical computer desk - if there is too much clutter, then it's distracting and will get in the way of your productivity. Even though there are people who tend to strive when there is an "organized chaos" around them, the benefits of decluttering far outweigh the perceived advantages of an unruly desktop.
You don't want to keep old files on your desktop. Just like your physical desktop, pick up the habit of regularly deleting icons and shortcuts on your desktop that you haven't used for the past couple of months. Sensitive files, frequently used programs, and tools that you need in your profession can stay on your desktop. After you delete redundant shortcuts, they will typically go to your computer's recycle bin. Make sure to empty this recycle bin to delete these files permanently.
2. Go deeper by removing unnecessary files from your computer and browser. As you install and uninstall programs, rogue data files tend to accumulate on your hard disk. Over time, this causes your computer to become increasingly sluggish, taking more time to read and write data.
These temporary files consist of images, saved browsing history, redundant bookmarks, and login information. These records are used to streamline your experience while using the internet browser, but over time they become more of a hindrance.
3. Remove programs and software that you haven't utilized in the past couple of months. When deleting personal files, determine which files to delete by checking their dates and checking if these are long finished projects. These have run their course and are safe to delete.
To delete your Internet browsing history, go to the settings or options menu of the browser and click on "Clear browsing data."
4. Organize your bookmarks and favorites. Organization of your Internet browser tends to be overlooked, with the removal of old programs and data taking precedent. However, your surfing habits and how you utilize the bookmarks also affect your efficiency. A cluttered list of bookmarks is not only cumbersome but also intimidating.
Consider using icons for your bookmarks. They make a smaller footprint, and offer a visual cue to the size and utility of your saved favorites. You will be able to easily drag-and-drop your favorite icon, creating a visual list of related topics for later reference. They tend to be a lot more useful and efficient than bookmarks that still rely on a hierarchal structure.
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