Yesterday was National Clean Out Your Computer Day, and you'd be forgiven if you missed celebrating it due to being less than organized and a bit overwhelmed by your current digital workspace.
Fortunately, Microsoft is offering up tips from its Answer Desk employees as a digital organizing sort of guide for the less than savvy digital warrior.
Tips for decluttering a digital workspace includes making use of OneDrive.
Another tip involves maintaining boosting ones computer by utilizing the onboard efficiency tools as well as seeking out some from trusted online sources.
- Make sure your software is up to date. Updated software will ensure programs run smoother and reduce the risk of security concerns. If you have questions about this you can set up an appointment with the Answer Desk for free tech support from experts at your nearest Microsoft Store.
- Defragmentation is also an easy step to take. Without getting too technical, defragmentation is the process of moving the different pieces that make up a file closer together, helping the computer respond quicker. Windows 10 users can search for “Defragment and Optimize Drives” in their Start menu to run.
Tackling the monumental task of inboxing emails is another way help boost efficiency.
- The Rules feature in Outlook is a simple way to keep your inbox orderly. Set up your inbox so that certain mails can always be found in specific folders or send those notes you know you will delete right to the trash bin.
- Sweep in Outlook on the web is a tool that can help you quickly get rid of unwanted mail. Delete emails in bulk with the Sweep feature or create a rule for deleting certain emails so you don’t have to do it manually.
- Sign up for a newsletter you don’t read? Unsubscribe. Reduce the number of emails you receive each day by unsubscribing to email newsletters you don’t need anymore. In Outlook on the web, you can easily unsubscribe with just one click, all without leaving your inbox.
- To learn more about inbox management, check out this Guide to inbox management from the Outlook team. And visit this link to download the Outlook mobile app.
Lastly, educating oneself about their devices particular capabilities should also help keep things running smoothly.
These are just some of the ways someone can help declutter their digital workspace and prepare themselves for next year's celebration of National Clean Out Your Computer Da, or by visiting a local Microsoft store and speaking to an Answer Desk employee for even more tips.
Let us know in the comments below, how you keep your computer from becoming too cluttered.