The more you use your computer, the slower it works. But you can take maintenance steps to improve performance even after years of typing away on an aging PC.
One of the easiest but most overlooked tips is to prevent clutter on your hard drive, especially if you frequently download new software such as games as well as digital photos and video clips. By deleting old software and other unwanted stuff that clogs your system, you maximize the use of hard drive space.
Don’t assume that you can delete a program by dragging the icon into your desktop’s trash. You may need to take additional steps depending on your operating system. And beware of removing an entire program folder unless you’re familiar with all its contents and know the consequences that deleting the folder will have on your computer’s overall functioning.
Control incoming e-mail so it doesn’t control you
Unless you enjoy the constant interruption of incoming e-mail, shut down automatic mail checking. Instead, check messages at regular intervals throughout the day.
If you want to respond to high-priority e-mail immediately, create filters that look for specific senders, subjects or content. That way, you will know right away when e-mails arrive that demand your attention.