How To Organize your Computer

Getting rid of the clutter in your life can be uplifting, inspirational, and provide for a better working environment. A tidy desk is a good start, but why not take it a step further and organize the insides of your PC too? 

The desktop is a classic dumping ground for files and programs because it is easily accessible. However, any items there that are not "short-cuts" are going to cause your computer to slow down. De-clutter your desktop by organizing any files or programs into their proper places on your hard drive, and create one folder into which you can dump your files to be organized later.

When organizing your personal data, it's a good idea to steer clear of the places programs automatically write files to. My Documents automatically becomes mangled with mess, so create a separate folder directly under C:/ in which to store your own files. If you put an "@" symbol at the start of this folder's name, it will always appear at the top of the list, making it easy to remember when saving new documents. Within this folder, create "Pictures", "Work Files", and so on, to keep it organized.

The "popular programs" section of the start menu can become messy due to default settings. Right click and select Properties, then click the Customize button and set the number of programs on the start menu to zero. From there, create your own "most used" programs list by clicking and dragging them to the start menu. You can also add folders that you regularly access.

While in the menu bar settings, you can edit the programs on the Quick Launch list – keep these to as few as possible, as this feature chews up lots of memory.

Another hot spot for mess is email – if your email program gives you the option to create subfolders under your In Box, then do so! At the bare minimum, you should have the folders "Work" and "Personal". Your In Box can then be used for emails that require attention and, once you have acted on them, can be stored in their appropriate folders. A clean In Box is a great way to de-clutter your life and add organization to your workspace! 

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