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Speeding Up Your Home PC for Beginners
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Using the recycle bin


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Speeding Up Your Home PC for Beginners

with Laura Bungarz

Video: Using the recycle bin

If Windows 8 is new you may or may not have your recycle bin showing on your screen, and it’s sort of an important folder, and one that you should clean out regularly. The first thing I want to do is actually show you how to put those desktop icons back that you’ve been missing. What you want to do is right click somewhere on your desktop in this case anywhere on the blue would be good and go to personalize which is at the bottom of that menu. Now I want to click on change desktop icons over here on the left and there’s my missing desktop icons.

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Speeding Up Your Home PC for Beginners
45m 52s Appropriate for all Jul 09, 2014

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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.

Topics include:
  • Cleaning the desktop
  • Organizing files with folders
  • Using Disk Cleanup, msconfig, and Disk Defragmenter
  • Freeing up disk space
  • Buying and installing RAM
  • Upgrading your computer
Subjects:
Business Productivity Home + Small Office
Author:
Laura Bungarz

Using the recycle bin

If Windows 8 is new you may or may not have your recycle bin showing on your screen, and it’s sort of an important folder, and one that you should clean out regularly. The first thing I want to do is actually show you how to put those desktop icons back that you’ve been missing. What you want to do is right click somewhere on your desktop in this case anywhere on the blue would be good and go to personalize which is at the bottom of that menu. Now I want to click on change desktop icons over here on the left and there’s my missing desktop icons.

I can put as many of these here as I want, so you can see these are familiar. If you’ve just upgraded from Windows 7 or something you’re going to recognize all of these, and click apply at the bottom, click okay. Now when I close this you can see with the exception of that one they’re all here. Here’s my missing recycle bin. What I want to talk about is how to use the recycle bin. It’s meant to be sort of a what I call an oops catcher. It’s meant to catch mistakes.

If you accidentally delete something it’ll go to the recycle bin, and you can get it back from there. It’s not gone forever it’s sort of in limbo land. What we’re going to do is we’re going to right click on the recycle bin and click open. The recycle bin is just a folder with a cool icon that you can edit. You can take things out of here, and you can put things in here, but it is not storage. It’s not meant for you to keep stuff. It’s meant as a catch bin in order for you to throw stuff away later.

It’s meant to catch mistakes when you make them. You can see I have a few things in here, and I can restore any one of these. I can take them and if I right click on them in the recycle bin I get the option to restore, and restore is just going to put it back on the desktop or back in documents or wherever it came from. That’s how I move them around. Normally though all I do is empty it. Right click on it, empty recycle bin. Are you sure you want to permanently delete these four items? Once I click yes here that stuff is then gone, and you can see the recycle bin right now is showing me a full trashcan, and if I click yes here now my recycle bin is empty, and I have an empty trashcan, and that’s how I know the difference.

It’s just a cool folder with a funky icon that changes depending on whether it’s full or empty.

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Q:  Can I defragment a solid-state hard drive?
A: It is not recommended to defragment a solid state drive (SSD). If you are confused about whether or not you have a solid state drive verses a standard hard drive there are a few ways to check. One way is to simply go into the Control Panel through your Start menu and go to the Device Manager. Look for the Disk Drive option, click the little plus (+) sign to the left of it and check the name of the hard drive listed. If it doesn't say outright one way or the other a simple Google search of the name of the hard drive will provide you with the information you need.
 
Another way to find it is by simply going into Computer or My Computer and right-clicking on your hard drive, probably C:. Under the Hardware tab it will tell you what type of hard drive you have. Again, if you're still unsure, do a simply Google search to find the information you need.
 
 
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