Back to Work Computer Cleaning for Northland Businesses

After enjoying those Northland summer holiday feels, it’s time to get back to business and start the new year fresh! It’s February and you’re still struggling to get into the flow of things right? Follow these simple steps to cleaning your computer for the new year and feel more in control.

Tackle the inbox

Remember all that online shopping you did at Christmas and how you’re suddenly on a whole bunch of new mailing lists?

The extra messages in your inbox distract you from the messages that matter. Instead of deleting every new unread message from “Let’s Make Cookies,” click on one and unsubscribe. Usually, there’s a link that lets you do this at the bottom of the email. If you’re a Gmail user, start your effort to cut down on unwanted mail in your Promotions tab. Google’s algorithm sends sales pitches here, so cut messages from this section first.

Clear bookmarks

By the end of the year, we have marked many sites that we don’t even remember favouriting in the first place. “When was I interested in this?” Getting rid of any bookmarks for passing interests can help you navigate the Web better this year.

In Google Chrome, click on the three dots in the upper-right of your browser window (to the left of your profile icon). The drop-down menu will have a Bookmarks option. Click on this to see another drop-down menu with Bookmark Manager on it. On the next screen, every one of your bookmarks will have three dots beside it. Click on this to select the delete option, and get rid of the ones you don’t need any longer.

Safari users can click on Bookmarks on the top menu or the sidebar icon on the toolbar (to the right of the arrows on the left). Then edit your bookmarks by clicking on sites you no longer want and hitting your delete button.

Sort through downloads

We also download a lot of stuff in a year, sometimes without even realising! A full download folder takes up storage space on your computer and can slow your computer down. On a Mac, go to the Finder and click on Downloads on the “Go” drop-down menu. You’ll find a folder filled with .pdfs, .docs, and .jpegs you long forgot about. Click on those you don’t need any more and drag them to your trash can.

On Windows, you can usually go to the “This PC” icon and then the “Downloads” folder. Right-click on the files you don’t want, and choose “Delete.”

Empty trash/recycling bins.

Empty your computer trash by selecting “empty trash” on your Mac Finder menu, or “empty recycle bin” after clicking on the bin icon in Windows 10. Remove unused programs/apps – If you’re not using a program or app, don’t give it computer space. On a Mac, you can click on the icon for that program and drag it to the Trash. With Windows, you’ll open the Start menu, click on Settings, then System, then Apps and Features from the left pane to select what you want to uninstall. Click the Uninstall button, and you’ve decluttered your computer that little bit more for the new year. If you need help with any of these streamlining measures, let us know. We can help!

If you would like to get any help cleaning your computer for the new year and getting ready for a productive 2020, give us a call on 09 401 6133. If you’d like to visit or email us, you can find our details here.

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