How to declutter Your Computer


Did you notice that your computer’s performance had deteriorated over a period of time since you bought? The reason is that your computer has been cluttered with unnecessary files that you’ll never use. Cleaning up your computer on a regular basis and defragmenting a scheduled basis will increase the rate to a considerable extend, if not fully.

I never realized that it happened to me. One day when I was giving a presentation and my head down and I explained my problem. My Desktop was almost cluttered with Excel and Word files icon. He politely asked me to pick it up and I was almost looking there for half an hour but in vain. He explained to me that my problem was that I have not planned or controlled my files properly on my computer and it also reflects the kind of personality I am. . I was really embarrassed by his observation

I decided to declutter my computer immediately and did the following:

I was the first to back up my hard disk to safety, so I do not lose any valuable file that I need to have.

Next I created a folder named Desktop and just blindly pulled all the files on my desktop and dropped it in my new folder. It was really glad to see my desktop so neat and clean. I realized that I was so lazy that I just keep living my files on the desktop and never bothered to register it properly, or scrap it if necessary.

Next I checked the temporary files created under both Windows folder and Internet temporary folder. I never realized that every email attachment I open and close creates a temporary file and it sits permanently until I delete it.

And I searched for files that are not used for more than one year, with advance option in the search panel and I got a long list of files that were never used, but I just kept it on my computer. I scroll just names, and decided that it is no longer necessary. I chose immediately all these files and delete them from your memory. There were countless number of duplicate files that have been created as photographs, many versions of the same file that will never be used by me.

I turned to see what all the programs I’ve been using. More than half of the programs on my Program options were used only once and were never recovered again. I’ve been setting up programs, but never bothered to remove if they no longer need. I went into the settings and my console and remove any unwanted programs from there. There were many games I used to play once upon a time, but were still on my computer. I simply deleted them.

After doing all this cleaning I opened my Recycle Bin and empty it, so I can get a little more space to breathe. I then disk cleanup and defragmentation on my computer. This exercise really did a thorough clean up my computer and restructured or rearranged my files completely. I estimated body defragmenting possibility weekly, so that I can run on its own without the intervention of my people. I decided me henceforth I shall keep records of where they should be, and not leave them on the desktop. I realized going file on the desktop is like going to file on the table.

I was surprised to see how much space I had gained by simply making these measures and also my system had begun to work faster.


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