It’s spring cleaning time! Where we wash floors, declutter rooms and dust shelves after a long winter. When making your list of chores, consider adding your home computer. It can use some cleaning inside and out, so don’t neglect it.
To make your spring cleaning easier, we’ve compiled a list of six things you can do to make your computer run better.
Spring Cleaning for Your Computer
Clean up your desktop
When we say desktop, we mean your virtual desktop – the one on your screen. Do you have tons of files just scattered? Cleaning up your desktop will make everything more organized. You want things to be easy to find, which is why you should have an easy-to-understand filing system. Consider going through your download folder and deleting anything you no longer need.
Empty your Recycling Bin
If you’re deleting files to make more space on your computer, you should know that they’re not permanently deleted until you empty your computer’s recycling bin or trash can. Make sure you go through the items in the recycling bin first before emptying, to make sure you’re not deleting anything you wanted to save.
This one is for your hardware! Dust your computer – especially the tops of your monitors. Dust collects on all sorts of places on your computer and you want to make sure you clean it. Canned air is a good way to dust keyboards – allowing you to get into those little cracks and crevices.
Disinfect your Keyboard and Mouse
Wipe down the high-touch areas of your computer. Notably, your keyboard and mouse. You can power down your computer and use disinfecting wipes or a damp cloth with an anti-bacterial cleaning solution. Do not soak your hardware, but simply wipe the surfaces to clean.
Uninstall Unused Apps
Do you have programs installed that you no longer use? Uninstall them, as they are taking up precious space on your computer. Go through your applications and see what you use regularly and what you don’t.
Run a Disk Cleanup
Your computer has a built-in cleaning method, you just have to activate it.
- Click Settings > Click Control Panel > Administrative Tools.
- Click “Disk Cleanup.”
- At the Drives list, select which drive you want to run Disk Cleanup on.
- Select which files you want to delete.
- Click OK.
- Click Delete Files.
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