Computer Tips That Can Save You A Trip To IT

010912Are you ever in the need of quick computer tips to get your workstation up and running again?

If your answer is “No, I have an IT department for that.” then imagine this scenario:

It is Friday night and you are in the office working on a project that will be presented to the CEO on Monday. The office is a ghost town; the cleaning staff has come and gone and the IT department left for a ski trip at 3 o’clock.

As you are finishing the project your computer slows down dramatically and message pops up on your screen with some undecipherable message about system memory. You have no idea what the problem is or how to fix it. Your productivity is suffering and there is no telling when IT will call you back. Now seems like a perfect time to panic.

Scenarios similar to the one I outlined above play out countless times a year for nearly every company across Nigeria. Your IT department may seem like a group of wizards that just have to waive their hands for your computer to start working again but they are just following a few basic computer tips that work nearly every time.

Four quick computer tips that can save you a trip to IT.

1.) Reboot!
If your computer has been powered on for the last three months and suddenly stops working normally it may be time to reboot.

The simple act of powering off your computer and powering it on again closes out any and all programs that have stopped functioning and are now just consuming system resources. A quick reboot at the first sign of trouble can save you hours of frustration and is our go to computer tip for whatever ails your system.

2.) Run your updates
Some people see software updates as a huge pain for no noticeable gain in productivity. Others are terrified that an update may break their computer.

If you habitually skip updates then listen up!

Software updates can enhance productivity and even fix things that you may have not known were broken. You are not doing yourself any favors by skipping updates.

Bonus Tip: reboot the computer once the software updates complete.

3.) Manage your junk
Your computer uses the free space on your hard drive for temporary storage.

A healthy computer should have about 15% free space at all times. Removing mp3s, photographs, and movies is a great way to increase the amount of free space available to your computer.

If you can handle not having ready access to every Beetles album ever recorded, then move what you are not using to an external storage device or the trash.

4.) Empty the trash
Just because you deleted that HR slideshow that accompanied their three hour presentation on a health plan that you will never use does not mean that the file has been removed from your computer’s hard drive.

Make sure that you occasionally empty your computer’s trash especially after deleting large files.

If you run into a problem which the above four computer tips do not resolve then it may be time to call in the wizards in IT.

Which of the above computer tips do you use when fixing your machine on the fly? Or do you have other computer tips you can share? Let us know in the comments below.

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