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Is your computer sluggish? Cluttered? Bursting at the seams? In this course, created for those new to PC maintenance and utilities, author and computer teacher Laura Bungarz shares some of her favorite techniques to help you speed up your home PC. Learn about defragmenting, checking your RAM, sorting files, and using utilities you already have to clean up "behind the scenes." Laura will also provide tips on upgrading your computer and, if your budget permits, looking for a new PC.
Let's talk about the desktop. This is the desktop on your computer, and it might have a picture of your kids, or your dog, or a rainbow or something else on it, but that's your desktop, and often on your desktop you have icons, you have pictures of things, and so the first one here is the recycle bin which we'll talk about later, and then I have some extra stuff. Let's talk about this little guy here. This is a shortcut, and how do I know it's a shortcut? This little arrow tells me it's a shortcut.
What that means is it's a link back to a program and in this case it's a link back to excel. So I can delete these shortcuts, often when you put a program into the computer when you install something, it automatically creates these little shortcuts, these little pictures, and usually you can delete those and it's not a problem you're not going to delete the program, you're not going to remove the program from the computer. There's a lot of ways to remove things or delete things. You can just hit the delete key on your keyboad as long as it's clicked on, so this is not clicked on, that's clicked on, I can hit delete on my keyboard it's gonna go away.
I can right click on it and click delete and it's going to go away. And the other option when I'm on my desktop and I have the recycle bin up here, I can just drag it on up here by just holding down the left mouse button, and then when I let it go again it goes away. It's now in my recycle bin. The importance of having a clean desktop really is just that your computer starts a little faster. When you get up in the morning and you go flip on your computer, one of the things that it does is that it has to load all these little pictures on your screen, so if you have a zillion of them there that takes a long time especially if your computer is not brand new.
So what you want to do is make sure that you organize this and you remove stuff from it, so the cleaner it is the faster your computer is going to turn on for you in the morning, and it also makes it a lot easier to find stuff and see the pictures of the kids, or the rainbow or the waterfall on your desktop, which is why it's there in the first place.
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