10 Top Computing Tips
10 Top Computing Tips
1st in a series of 10 Tips
1. Keep desktop icons to a minimum
With older PC’s the more icons on the desktop the slower the PC performed.
The more icons on the desktop the harder it is to find items.
When backing up items those on the desktop may not be backed up.
Create Folders by right clicking on desktop select New, Folder then rename it to suit your needs.
Once created drag icons into it. Repeat process.
2. Restart Wi-Fi router if having problems connecting
Service providers can from time to time work on your network without your knowledge.
Before ringing anyone turn off your router for about 10 minutes restart, wait till all usual lights come on ( about 2-5 minutes) then retry.
If router is connected properly and the problem still exists contact your engineer for help.
3. If Internet Explorer is having problems use another supplier
There are many alternative Internet Service Providers so in the event of ongoing problems with IE try another product.
Always check that you are on the latest version of IE and upgrade to the latest available for your PC.
Alternative Internet programmes:
There are over 30 alternative programmes including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera.
Windows 10 uses Microsoft Edge instead of IE but although not immediately visible IE is still loaded and will run.
4. Use Anti surge protectors
Most modern PC although shut down are still in a semi sleep mode.
The motherboard continues to be powered to enable remote start up. (BIOS option setting).
If there is a power surge even when turned off damage can occur to the hardware resulting in expensive repair costs.
There are may types of anti surge protectors available from single plug to multi plug switchable options.
5. Backup regularly
Despite constant reminders 95% of clients do not have adequate backup.
There are many types of backup media including Memory sticks, SD & Micro SD cards, External Hard Drives, Online (Cloud) Backup, Network Attached Storage (NAS).
Most importantly back up your Data files regularly e.g. Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Favourites, Pictures, Music, Videos.
Test regularly to make sure backup data is up to date.
6. Create Multiple Custom Email Address with one Gmail Account
You can create multiple email addresses with one Gmail address.
The point here is to make multiple email address from your primary Gmail address and create unique email addresses for registering with different websites and services. In fact you can have many different email addresses for your primary Gmail address, but all the mails send to these secondary email addresses will be received in your primary Gmail addresses inbox.
This way you can create a filter for each of the custom email address associated with your Gmail account and easily organize emails from different services and websites. If in any case a website starts sending spam into your inbox , you can easily set the specific filter in your Gmail account to delete all the mails instantly when received in your inbox.
7. Regular Servicing saves money.
We recommend Bi-annual Health Checks to keep your PC safe.
Our data confirms that those PC’s maintained on a regular basis save customers money over those that only get looked at when something goes wrong.
Repair costs or the option to replace with a new PC can be costly.
Any customer signed up to a Bi-annual Health Check gets 2 visits per year at a discounted rate of 10%.
8. Clean out temp files and cookies regularly
All PC’s create temporary files during the course of normal operation.
Cookies are stored on your PC when accessing the internet.
If not cleansed regularly the performance of the PC will reduce as the no of files increases.
It is not unusual for the no of files on a PC to increase tenfold over a five year period.
Using Internet Options or programmes like C Cleaner can help to keep these files to a minimum.
9. Regular defrag speed up PC’s
Files are made up of sectors of data that when saved are placed anywhere on the hard drive there is space. These fragments remain until rearranged by a defrag.
A standard defrag picks up the various fragments and puts them back on the drive as a single block.
Nowadays we recommend a Smart Defrag programme that put the files used regularly on the fastest part of the drive and the files rarely used on the slowest part of the drive, improving overall speed.
10. Save money with an intelligent plug ( For example when you turn off your PC it turns off your monitor and printer )
Leaving electrical equipment on standby wastes energy, costs money and can reduce the lifespan.
When your computer is switched on the intelliplug automatically provides power to 2 additional sockets for printers, monitors etc.
This device also provides surge protection to all attached devices.
When the computer is turned off intelliplug automatically turns off your peripherals, saving energy. (not suitable for Wi-Fi printers).