The following is a list of computer tutorials
that you can download. I am only including tutorials from applications 2008 and
to the current year! The internet has an abundance of online websites that
offer free video and online tutorials of software titles as well, you can find
some links below to those particular sites!
Downloadable Application Tutorials 2010 +
(several of the tutorials are courtesy of BGSU)
Adobe Acrobat - This tutorial focuses
on creating online forms. Learn about two popular kinds of online forms: PDF
forms created using Adobe Acrobat and HTML forms created using Adobe
Dreamweaver. This tutorial offers information for Mac and PC users.
Adobe Dreamweaver -
This tutorial focuses on the basic steps involved in creating an attractive,
functional website. Learn to design a site layout, insert images and text,
create links, and how to upload your site to the internet. This tutorial offers
information for Mac and PC users.
Dreamweaver - This tutorial is a Crash Course on how to create Dreamweaver
Adobe Illustrator -
This tutorial introduces you to a powerful software application. Adobe
Illustrator allows you to produce high quality graphics for a variety of uses
such as print, video, the web, etc. Learn how to use Illustrator tools, create
basic shapes, insert images and text, and modify your artwork.
Adobe InDesign - This tutorial will discuss
some of the basic functions used for desktop publishing such as grouping,
placing, arranging, stacking order etc. InDesign replaces programs such as
PageMaker and Quark Express. This tutorial offers information for Mac and PC
Adobe Photoshop - This tutorial will teach you the
basic steps involved in capturing, adjusting, and saving images for various
applications. Learn to use a scanner and edit images with commonly used
Photoshop tools. This tutorial offers information for Mac and PC users.
Apples GarageBand - This overview
of one of the most impressive applications of Apple's iLife suit offers
information on the basic features of the software. Use links to more detailed
tutorials to learn how to make your own music in GarageBand.
Apple's IDVD - This tutorial will show
you how to take a finished iMovie project and create a DVD with menus and
graphics of a professionally made commercial disc to play on your home DVD
player. This tutorial offers information for Mac users only.
Apple's iMovie - This
in-depth tutorial will take you through the entire video-making process. From
borrowing a digital video camera at ARC, to editing the video with iMovie, you
will learn to make high-quality video presentations from scratch. This tutorial
offers information for Mac users only.
Apple's IWeb - This tutorial covers
the basics of web page development using iWeb. This tutorial offers information
for Mac users only.
Microsoft Word -
This tutorial covers the essential skills you need to work in this word
processing software. Learn to produce professional-looking reports, essays, and
resumes. This tutorial offers information for Mac and PC users.
Microsoft Word 2010
PC Version Download
Microsoft Word 2011
Mac Version Download
Microsoft Word 2011
Mac Basic Download
- These tutorials lead you through the most important components of developing a
PowerPoint presentation. Learn to use the program's auto-assistance features and
how to create custom presentations. These tutorials are platform specific.
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
PC Version Download
Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
Mac Basic Download
- These tutorials discuss the fundamental features and functions of Excel, a
spreadsheet program. Learn to develop efficient, attractive spreadsheets for
organizing various types of data. These tutorials are platform specific.
Microsoft Excel 2010
PC Version Download
Microsoft Excel 2011
Microsoft Excel 2011
Mac Basics Download
Outlook is a powerful tool for managing your
e-mail, contacts, calendars, and tasks. To use it most effectively, you first
have to understand the basics. This tutorial introduces some of the tasks and
features that you will use most often.
The tutorials below are
courtesy of California State University!
Microsoft Publisher 2010
Microsoft Access 2010
The following tutorial is courtesy of Dallas
TeleCollege at the R. Jan LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications
Microsoft Publisher 2007
Downloadable Tutorials (other) 2016 +
Microsoft Office 2013 (NEW)
Microsoft PowerPoint tutorial by The Richard
Stockton College of New Jersey
Microsoft Word tutorial by The Richard Stockton
College of New Jersey
Microsoft Excel Guide by Logical Operations
Microsoft Publisher Guide
Microsoft Windows 10
WINDOWS 10 PREVIEW
Downloadable Tutorials 2008 +
Microsoft Office 2008 for Macintosh
Microsoft Excel for Mac 2008 (pdf)
Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008 (pdf)
Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 (pdf)
Online Tutorial and Digital Instruction
Google Spreadsheets Average Function
Google Spreadsheets Mode Function
Google Spreadsheets Median Function
Google Spreadsheets Sum Function Overview
Willoughby Eastlake Schools
(download the free software package that is similar to Microsoft Office)
Tutorials for Open Office (Free software package similar to Microsoft Office)
Microsoft Word 2007 Starters Guide
Tutorials found on the Web (internet 4 Classrooms)
Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts without using a mouse
DUMMIES OPERATING SYSTEMS
TECH SUPPORT WINDOWS 10 TUTORIALS
to use Excel The Top Formulas and Functions You Need to Know
2016 for PC and Mac released! Check out the following Office 2016 Quick Start
Guides for PC or MAC!
Office for PC or
Office for MAC
Microsoft Office 2016 Guides for PC for Download and view Office 2016
Quick Start Guides
Microsoft Office 2016 Guides for MAC for Download and view Office 2016 Quick
How to set up a site using WordPress
How to make a blog
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OTze4XZ5xw How to Create a Google Drive
Form and QR code to the form
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkU9LahEryQ Link your google form to a QR
http://comparitech.net/securityguide The jargon-free guide to computer and
Other Technology Sites
http://pdftowordconverter.org/ - Convert PDF to Word
New Tech Things
Microsoft Office 2016 for PC and Mac released! Check out the following Office
2016 Quick Start Guides for PC or MAC!
Office for PC or
Office for MAC
What's the difference between antivirus and anti-malware?
CLICK ON THIS LINK TO FIND OUT!
WINDOWS 10 WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR FREE~
Free download if you have Windows 7 or 8! Check out
this Preview Guide
WINDOWS 10 PREVIEW GUIDE
WINDOWS 10 Q & A
DELL TECH SUPPORT WINDOWS 10 TUTORIALS
OS X EL Capitan
MacRumors news and rumors you care about!
TechRadar THE HOME OF TECHNOLOGY
PC or Mac What Should
*For extensive up to date knowledge of Mac products etc., I
recommend Mac Life http://www.maclife.com,
the magazine is wonderful and well worth the subscription if you have a new Mac
and other hardware that is associated with the Mac.
*For extensive up to date knowledge of PC products etc., I
recommend PC World http://www.pcworld.com,
the magazine is wonderful and well worth the subscription if you have a PC and
other hardware that is associated with the PC. Computer Shopper used to
have a magazine, but since this has been eliminated, but their website is a
wonderful resource for new hardware and software information
Again their are many websites that offer advice on new computer hardware and
software, but these are the top websites that I personally recommend.
Custom built Desktop PC's or Brand Name PC's
What to purchase?
I like the idea of buying a computer that is custom built.
Why Buy Custom Desktop Computers?
When it comes time to purchase a computer, a consumer's first
thought is often to start looking around for those Super Store Sales -- but is
this the best system for your money? There are actually several advantages to
buying or building your own custom computers over another pre-built computer:
This is the key to making a really affordable computer. The
major brand names design their computers such that when technology advances you
either must live with the old, or buy a new computer. When buying custom
computers, you have the ability to change out only old and outmoded components
while maintaining serviceable parts.
You know your business and what you need and don't need to run
it. When ordering a custom computer, you choose the components that fit your
needs. You decide how much RAM and hard drive space are necessary for your
system. You get the savings you deserve by not buying things you don't need, and
the performance you want because you designed it yourself.
Companies that build each system to order will generally test
each individual computer more thoroughly. The individual attention applied
during the building of a custom computer can assure first rate quality and
reliability not available from typical mass- produced computers.
Repair parts are readily available from hundreds of
different companies. The warranty of some pre-built systems requires repairs to
be performed at particular places and with specific parts, which may mean
repairs take much longer.
Common Questions about Custom PCs
Q. Do custom PC's cost more?
Most people automatically assume that a Custom PC will cost
them a lot more money. This is truly, a large misconception. A custom PC is
built to suit your needs. This doesn't necessarily mean it is more expensive
than a name brand machine.
Q. Can't I just buy a brand name PC and upgrade it?
For some manufacturers, they build proprietary NON Standard
computers. What does that mean? Well it means that if you decide you want to
increase your Ram, or put in a bigger hard drive, you have to buy the EXTREME
premium priced components ordered special from the manufacturer. And in some
cases they didn't build your computer to be upgradeable, thus you are forced to
purchase a new one. You will learn real quick that going to a store to get your
parts is impossible.
Q. Are custom-built PCs upgradeable?
Yes, custom built means you have more options. The most
important part of a custom built system is it is more upgradeable than most name
brands. Many customers end up frustrated because they bought a computer at a
store, and when they wanted to upgrade found out the board was maxed out. The
cost of putting in a new board is as much a purchasing a new system.
Or if you decide on a brand name PC, I suggest purchasing from
Dell.com. Dell will charge you sales tax
along with extended warranties that cost several hundred dollars, but they do
offer a solid system that can last for years. In addition, I have noticed
Lenovo.com, to offer some nice computers that you can purchase as well
comparable to Dell. When looking at pricing, warehouses such as
Samsclub.com offer many brand name
computers and other electronics at a reasonable cost.
Web Browsers for PC and Mac?
number one selection is Firefox, this remains the top-ranked web browser for
Windows, Mac OSX+ and Linux users. It's by far the most-customizable web
browser, with thousands of add-ins available.
and tests recommend Opera as fast and lean, especially for older or underpowered
computers apt to bog down on the resource-hungry Firefox, Chrome or IE7 and IE8
browsers. Despite its small size, Opera beats the other browsers in compliance
with web standards, and it builds in loads of convenient features. Opera runs on
more operating systems than most browsers, and it excels in synchronization.
Reviews also praise its mobile version. If you have a fairly new, powerful
computer, however, Firefox 3+ is faster and gets top ranking in nearly all
comparison reviews. You can use Opera for PC, Mac, Linux operating systems
phones and other devices. http://www.opera.com
The Google Chrome browser
takes a minimalist approach, stripping down to basic browsing with an
ultra-simple, intuitive interface. Reviewers find it very fast, with superb
search features, private browsing and the best crash protection available. It
also makes it possible to use Google desktop applications offline, and users can
search the text of pages in the browser's history. The main drawbacks are fairly
primitive bookmarking plus the lack of customization. For those who want RSS
feeds and many other options within the browser, reviews recommend Firefox 3
(free), saying it's just as fast but much more customizable.
Microsoft Edge Browser for
, this is available with Windows 10 (should be included with the
operating system) here is the download link
Browser for Our Friends Poweful and Personal
is an open-source web browser developed with a focus on providing the best
possible experience for Mac OS X users.The Camino Project has worked to create a
browser that is as functional and elegant as the computers it runs on. The
Camino web browser is powerful, secure, and ready to meet the needs of all users
while remaining simple and elegant in its design.
http://caminobrowser.org/ CAMINO WEB
BROWSER IS NOT LONGER BEING DEVELOPED! YOU MAY STILL DOWNLOAD THIS FOR OLDER
VERSIONS OF APPLE OPERATING SYSTEMS.
It renders web pages at lightning speed. It
works on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, and PC. It shows you your favorite sites
at a glance. It’s so smart, it even checks your spelling and grammar.
http://www.apple.com/safari Safari is
no longer supported for Windows.
iCab is an alternative web browser for
the Mac. It will run under MacOS 7, 8, 9 and also under MacOSX+. iCab has
Java etc. and a build-in HTML checker which can be a real help for web
designers. You'll find more information about iCab at the
iCab homepage. I cab isn't free, but it does
offer a free version with limited options.
Free Antispyware Progams?
antispyware program is similar to SuperAntispyware and is a worthy addition as
extra ammunition in fighting spyware. Use it as a scanner, then close it. Does
not include continuous protection. Updates are manual.
This product is from the developers of SuperAdware and the original Pop-up
Stopper. SuperAntispyware is very effective at finding and terminating
memory-resident trojans that tend to be difficult to control because they change
file names at each reboot. Tip: Run SuperAntispyware in safe mode for difficult
trojans. SA is free for personal use on your home computer. If you install any
antispyware, this is the best free program we know of. Updates are manual in the
Spybot Search and Destroy
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/ A good scanner that is very thorough. It
lacks a smart scan, so it is always slow. The immunization is simple, so use it.
There is no option for automatic updates. A scheduled scan can be set in Windows
Scheduler. This can be set to run on your next Windows boot, but the option is
buried in the settings.
Check this site for other free virus antivirus
Recommended Free PC ANTIVIRUS PRODUCTS (PC WORLD)?
Avast Free Antivirus 5
This software takes the top spot in the 2010 roundup of free antivirus software.
It provides good, all-around malware detection in a speedy, well-designed
package. It's easy installation process, smooth interface design, and minimal
impact in system performance.
Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows Defender) Microsoft Security Essentials is well
designed and easy to use. Installation is simple and straightforward, although
it will verify whether your copy of Windows is legit along the way. Once you
install it and open it, you'll be greeted by a thoughtfully designed main
screen. This screen has four tabs: Home (which shows status information, scan
controls, and an update button if your virus definitions are out of date);
Update; History (which logs all of the malware cleaned from your system); and
http://www.cloudantivirus.com/en/ Installation and setup for Cloud Antivirus
is simple and straightforward: You have to click through only one screen before
it starts installing, it does ask to install a browser toolbar. Upon
installation, it'll ask you whether you want to use the free or "pro" (for-pay)
edition of Cloud Antivirus.
Comodo Internet Security Premium Comodo Internet Security is reasonably well
designed and easy to use. Its installer takes several more steps than is
becoming the norm for antivirus software, but it was perfectly usable otherwise.
Once it's installed, you'll be greeted by a well laid out Summary screen that
uses the familiar green/yellow/red status indicators for your PC's protection
status, although some of the wording could have been better. The scan window,
however, doesn’t give any indication as to its status--no progress bar,
nothing--so you'll be somewhat in the dark as to how long you'll have to wait
for scans to complete.
Check this site for other free virus antivirus
Other top Free Virus Programs
http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage (I recommend this one from personal use)
Recommended Paid ANTIVIRUS PRODUCTS?
http://home.mcafee.com/?CID=MFEen-usMHP001 McAfee from my personal experiences of
using the software on a daily basis on my personal computers.
3. If you are looking for other paid
antivirus products PC World and others recommend BitDefender, Avast Pro, G-Data,
and Kaspersky, Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus, Panda Antivirus, Avira AntiVir
Premium, Eset NOD32 Antivirus, and GFI Vipre Antivirus.
The Best Macintosh Security Software
(Recommendations from Ryan Faas)
So every Mac should have some form of
anti-virus software. Here are the major options:
– ClamXav is a simple open source anti-virus tool that is available for free. It
is based on the open source Unix clamav, but sports a Mac-like graphical
ClamXav works pretty well, though its interface
is a little clunky and it is generally slow at performing scans. Its big
downside is that it offers less automation options than other tools, meaning
users must be more pro-active about updating virus definitions (the files
anti-virus tools use to detect malware) as well as performing scans. It also
doesn’t allow you to scan your entire startup drive, meaning you’ll manually
need to select folders to scan.
McAfee VirusScan – McAfee has a long
history of developing anti-virus tools and this was at one time bundled with
Apple’s .Mac service (the precursor of Mobile Me). McAfee is a decent if not
stellar product. It tends to be slower than some of its competition and does
show itself to be a product produced from a largely PC-oriented company.
Norton Antivirus – Like McAfee, Norton
develops security and utility tools for both the Windows and the Mac. A while
back, Norton’s Mac offerings in both anti-virus and disk utilities were among
the best products on the market.
But times change. Norton still produces a
compelling product and I’d probably pick it over VirusScan. However, it too
suffers from being very obviously a Mac product designed by a predominantly
PC-focused company. For businesses that are already invested in other Norton
products for managing their PCs, however, it can be an easy addition to an
already complete suite (most likely with volume licensing discounts).
Sophos Anti-Virus SBE – Sophos also
suffers a bit from being a PC-oriented company, but less than McAfee or Norton
do. They produce a simple and lightweight solution for Mac OS X that can be
centrally managed very easily.
The downside to Sophos, in my opinion, is less
their PC-centric nature than their business-oriented nature and licensing. If
you’re a business that has multiple Macs and PCs to protect, Sophos is a great
choice (particularly if you’ve got a Windows server – even one in
virtualization) to use for central management of both scanning and updating. In
fact, for small businesses and/or cross platform businesses that need a simple
and effective centralized management option, Sophos is a very good choice.
Intego VirusBarrier – Hands down, the best choice for
consumers and for fully Mac-based businesses has to be Intego’s VirusBarrier.
The company is entirely Mac focused, provides a solution that is simple,
lightweight, and has a very Mac-like feel to it that make it a natural choice
for many Mac users.
It also offers centralized management (and
integration with Intego’s other security tools) for businesses and schools –
though if you have a mix of both Macs and PCs to centrally manage, you might
want to opt for Norton or Sophos because of their cross-platform management
capabilities (and potentially better pricing due to larger volume purchases).
– MacScan is an anti-spyware rather than an anti-virus tool. The software is
designed for detecting spyware processes and applications (keylogging, remote
access, and DNS poisoning tools) that may not fall into the typical categories
It also focuses on Internet cookies and similar
data gathering tools that are not directly classified as malware. The software
compares cookies (small bits of data stored by web browsers to keep track of
user data when moving from one web page to another) against a blacklist of known
malicious web services.
MacScan is a great complement to other
anti-virus and security tools and is especially helpful for Macs commonly used
by large numbers of individuals (who might place keyloggers and other malicious
tools directly on a Mac rather than remotely).
One final tip, regardless of your anti-virus
choice: if you’re running Windows on a Mac (either using boot camp or
virtualization tools like Parallels, VMWare Fusion, or Virtual Box) don’t forget
that you’ll need anti-virus software on that front too. Norton and Intego both
offer Mac/PC protection suites to fill this need in a single product (though in
Intego’s case the Windows software is provided by partnering with BitDefender
AntiVirus for Windows).
Interested in learning how to save
Youtube videos and how to convert other files? (if saving Youtube videos with
Any Video Converter, please make sure to update the software because youtube
does change it's video data rules)
Free Video Converter with more than 65,000,000
happy users! This allows for more control than using a standard website
such as http://www.zamzar.com/ to do the
work for you.
Any Video Converter Freeware- the Free
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converting video files between various formats, with fast converting speed and
excellent video quality. This powerful free video converter application makes
video conversion quick and easy.
This FREE video converter software can
clip any segments and optionally merge and sort them to make a creative
movie. And even more, Any Video Converter Freeware can crop frame size
to remove any unwanted area in the frame just like a pair of smart scissors.
http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/ to download the
software and enjoy! *To find the file on your computer after it has been
downloaded, please click Start, Documents, and the Any Video File Converter
File. The file will be located in one of the folders. I also
recommend converting to MP4 because this works in DivX, QuickTime, and other
more-common players. Also, MP4 files usually play nicely on smartphones,
so you can take saved videos with you on the go.
PC World March 2011 also recommends
Teachers and students alike are creating content on the web
which is great, but there is a problem. Many are using images
randomly found on the web (just because it is in Google Images
doesn't mean you can use it). Here is one way to ensure that
the images you use on your web sites don't get followed up with
a fine from the stock photography company that owns it.
|Once you move beyond the
classroom and start putting content onto the web, you or
your students have just become publishers and need to
comply with copyright law.
And if you or your students
are not following the law, stock photography companies
today are aggressively pursuing illegal use of their
images on educational websites to the tune of several
thousand dollars in fines for use a single image from
their collection no matter where it was copied from.
So where can you get photos that can be used on a web site
legally? Here is one solution:
||The Wikimedia Commons is a
repository of free content images, sound and other
multimedia files that can be used both in print and on
the web under the Creative Commons License as long as
you attribute from where it came.
And what is even
better is the Wikimedia Commons guides you through the
process of providing correct attribution when you go to
download an image by giving you all the information you
need to include.
Even further, if you can put items into the source
code, you or your students can copy the embed code and
it will provide the attribution and a link to the
source. Very, very cool!
So how do you do this? Here is a quickie quick tutorial of
what the process would look like.
1) Go to
2) Search for a photo using the search bar or the subject
areas on the front page
3) Select the photo and choose how you would like to use it
(wiki, web, download, etc.)
4) Once you have chosen a size and attempt to download, you
will be provided with the hyperlink back to the page and the
attribution information that you should caption or refer to on
the page it appears in a footnote.
This is what an image search returned and the information
offered when you try to download it for use:
|And then when I click on the "Use This File on the
Web" link above, check out what pops up:
Go check out Wikimedia Commons and you may be surprised by
how vast their collection is. Just be sure you don't just use
the image, but also document where you found the image.
For those of you who are wondering what the HTML/BBCode is,
if you have access to the HTML source of a page, you can
determing the size of photo you would like (in the above case
256px (pixels) wide and it would show on the page with a link
back to the author as well as give you all the attribution when
you hover over the image.
Here is what it would look like:
If you want to be doubly sure you have all the attribution
necessary, copy and paste the attribution information either
below the image or in the footer of the page.
Photo By Nobel Foundation (Les Prix Nobel en 1953) [Public
domain], via Wikimedia Commons
In the classroom, you just can't buy every image a student
wants to use on his web site about Paris or a teacher wants to
use on her WebQuest. Nonetheless, if it exists on the district
web site and it is found by a stock photography company that
owns rights to it, your superintendent is going to get a nasty
little letter and a bill for its use.
Don't let that happen. Use Wikimedia Commons to protect
yourself and your students and you can rest easy know you
haven't broken any laws.
Students are using Open Office more and more at home and
bringing their work into school, but teachers are having
problems opening the files. After a little searching, I found a
||After trying to download
several add-ons for Microsoft Office, I continued to
look for a simple solution online that did not require
people to download anything to their local computers.
The solution was found at
All I had to do was browse out the odg document,
upload it, and the Convert Files website recognized the
extension and provided what it recommended I convert the
file to. In this case, a PDF.
Hit "Convert" and within a few seconds, it gave me a
download link and the document opened for viewing (or in
this case grading for the teacher who had nine students
turn in their documents created in Open Office.
So if you have a student turn in something made at home with
some free software that you cannot open to view, cruise on over
to ConvertFiles.com and see if it can save the day for you.
5 tips for PC health: Organize your folders, update Windows, run antivirus
Working on a slow, disorganized computer can be frustrating—and
it happens to the best of us. This article will give you some easy-to-follow
guidelines on how to keep your computer on the right track using tools in
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Microsoft Office 2010.
1. Organize your folders
We all know how easy it is to dump files into the wrong folder when we're
in a hurry. But one way to make sure you keep your files organized is to
remove the clutter with a filing system that makes sense for the way you use
your computer. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Start clean.
Begin by deciding which files you no
longer need on your hard disk drive.
- Think it through.
Take the time to plan the best
way to organize your files. How do you spend your time on the computer,
and what do you create? Do you work with photos and image-editing
software, surf the web, write short stories, research school projects,
or play games? The folders you create in Documents (called “My
Documents” in Windows XP) can be easily tailored to show you just the
kind of data about your files that you need to track.
- Use subfolders.
After you have an idea of the
kinds of items you produce and want to save, create folders and
subfolders to store your files. Be sure to use logical,
easy-to-understand names. For example, within Documents, you might
create additional folders called Projects, HR Benefits, and Career.
Then, within the Projects folder, you could create subfolders for each
- Clean your files periodically.
After you have set
up your file system, inspect and clean it regularly. Routine maintenance
tasks, such as deleting old or duplicate files and folders and making
sure that important files are in the right folders, can save you a lot
of time and frustration.
Email folders in particular tend to spiral out of control, so be sure to
spend time ordering and maintaining them.
- To create a new subfolder with Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows
XP, right-click anywhere in the folder, click New, and
then click Folder. Type the name for the new folder,
and press ENTER.
- To create a new folder in Windows 7, in Windows Explorer, click
New Folder at the top of any folder or library. Also in
Windows 7, the new libraries make managing your files easier than ever.
Windows 7 makes it easy to keep track of your files and folders.
2. Clean up your hard disk
Now that you've organized your files and folders and cleaned up your
desktop, you can organize the data itself. Windows includes two
utilities—Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter—that help you free up more
space on your hard drive and help your computer work more efficiently.
- Disk Cleanup compresses your old files to free up
- Disk Defragmenter scans your hard drive and
consolidates files that may be scattered across the disk.
It's up to you to decide how often to run these utilities, but it's a
good idea to do so at least once a month. Windows Vista users take note:
Disk Defragmenter is automatically scheduled to run once a week (Sunday at 4
A.M.). You can change the scheduled time for this feature or, if you prefer,
turn it off.
3. Use System Restore
System Restore is one of those programs that can be a life-saver when
you've been the unfortunate recipient of unstable software, a badly timed
power outage, or a damaging thunderstorm. System Restore records important
documents, settings, and preferences on your computer. If the unthinkable
happens and your computer files are damaged or inaccessible, you can use
System Restore to restore your computer to the same state it was in before
the data was lost.
System Restore creates restore points daily and whenever you install
device drivers, automatic updates, and some applications. But it's a good
idea to get into the habit of creating a system checkpoint (called a restore
point) when you're about to install new software or take any action you
suspect might make your computer unstable. Then, if there's any conflict at
all, you can restore your computer to the point just before you began the
Create a restore point with
To create a restore point, follow these steps:
Open the Start screen, type System Restore, and
click the word Settings in the Search pane on the right.
As you begin typing directly at the Start screen,
the Search pane appears, listing matches. The Search pane normally
searches for apps, so it won’t find any matches. But when you click the
word Settings, the Search pane lists all the settings
containing the phrase “System Restore.”
Click the Create a Restore Point link.
The System Properties window appears, opened to
the System Protection tab, which lists options for System Restore. Look
for the Create button near the bottom.
Click the Create button to fetch the System
Protection window, type a name for your new restore point, and then
click the System Protection window’s Create button to save the restore
Windows 8 creates a restore point with your chosen
name, leaving you some open windows to close.
Create a restore point in Windows
In Control Panel, click System.
In the left pane, click System protection.
Click the System Protection tab, and then click
In the System Protection dialog box, type a
description, and then click Create
Create a restore point in Windows
Open System: Click the Start button, click Control
Panel, click System and Maintenance, and then click
In the left pane, click System Protection. If you are
prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or
Click the System Protection tab, and then click
In the System Protection dialog box, type a
description, and then click Create.
Create a restore point in Windows
Click Start, and choose Programs.
Point to Accessories, point to System Tools,
and then click System Restore.
When the program opens, click Create a restore point,
and then click Next.
Enter a description of the restore point, and then click Create.
After a few seconds, the program tells you the date, time, and description
of the new restore point.
Although System Restore can put your computer back in order, it’s prudent
to periodically back up all the files on your computer. Whether you choose
to use an external hard disk, DVDs, or a network location to back up your
Windows 7 makes it easier than ever to safeguard the contents of your
computer. You can back up your files if you’re running
Windows Vista too.
4. Keep Windows and Microsoft Office up-to-date
Computer programs are continually improved based on customer feedback and
regular product testing. As problems are resolved, you should benefit from
those improvements. By checking Microsoft Update often, you can make sure
you've got the most recent Windows and Microsoft Office improvements
available to you.
Windows 7 and Windows Vista users don't need to sign up for Microsoft
Update: An account is automatically created for you during the registration
process, and Windows Update is automatically installed on your computer with
default settings that you can change later, if you wish.
Learn how to receive critical updates automatically in Windows 7
Important: If you do not select the recommended
automatic updating option, you must download and install every critical
update. If you download the updates but forget to install them, your
computer will not be protected with the latest enhancements.
5. Run antivirus software and a spyware detection and removal tool
Updating your Windows software is just the first step in keeping your
computer safe. Next (if you haven’t already done so), you'll want to install
antivirus software from a reputable vendor, such as Microsoft, AVG, Norton,
or McAfee. As is the case with Windows, it is critical that you keep your
antivirus software up to date. Free antivirus software comes preinstalled on
many computers, but after the trial period expires, you’ll be exposed to new
and emergent threats. Be sure to renew your subscription or to secure
alternative virus protection.
If your computer seems sluggish or if you begin to see lots of pop-up
advertisements, even when you're not surfing the web, your computer may be
infected with spyware, adware, or other unwanted software.
Learn more about spyware and what it can do to your computer.
Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows Defender) offers comprehensive protection against
viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. You can
download it for free or this comes preloaded with Windows 8 and Windows
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