Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your computer and wish it would just run smoothly? You don’t need to be a techie to do small maintenance and fixes on your computer and monitor. Here are some computer tips to keep your computer running smoothly.
- Use the monitor power button
When you first turn your computer on, you should use the monitor power button to turn the monitor on. Make sure that your monitor is turned on so you are not using the light in the back of your computer to see. If your monitor is dimly lit and you need to use it for a while, turn the computer off, wait 5 to 10 minutes, and then turn the computer back on. If you keep the monitor turned off for extended periods of time, it will not receive the regular power it needs.
- Turn off unnecessary programs
This should go without saying, but it’s important. Make sure you’re not running a program that is doing something you don’t need. Also, if you have a program that constantly runs in the background, leave it running, but close it from the main screen. You should also keep these programs checked for updates. This will keep your computer running at top speed.
- Set up your computer for the current time zone
Many people don’t realize this, but the time on your computer is actually set up for your current time zone. If you live in a different time zone, your computer will default to that time zone. Change the time setting to your current time zone so that you are not missing emails or receiving important emails. You can even change the time setting to make it one hour before your normal time zone if you wish.
- Check for memory issues
Check the performance of your computer when it starts up. If it takes a long time to start, you may need more memory. This is a simple fix if you only need a little more memory. Simply open the Start menu, click Computer, and then click Device Manager. Look at the amount of memory your computer is using. If it’s low, you can add more. Just be sure to back up any data before you go out and purchase memory. Memory can be inexpensive.
- Have an antivirus program installed
A great way to keep your computer safe is to have an antivirus program installed. These programs can detect and remove viruses and other computer infections. You can usually get them for free. Just make sure you’re aware of your computer’s security settings.
- Get a laptop case
Even if you have a computer you are really attached to, you should get a laptop case. When you are in public, you don’t want to be caught with your computer open. You never know when someone may grab it or take it. Be sure to have your headphones and a backup set of discs with you.
- Unplug the USB drives
You should be unplugging your USB drives whenever you are not using them. This will help prevent your data from being lost. If you are unplugging a disc, you should back it up. Be sure to keep all the discs and drives you own in a safe place.
- Update your software
Just like any other device, software on a computer can cause you problems. You can always update your software so you have the latest version. Make sure you’re not out of space.
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