In today’s digital age, our computers have become a large part of our home, and work lives. However, the more we use our computers, the more digital clutter we accumulate. This can slow down our computers, make it harder to find files, and even compromise our security. That’s why it’s important to perform an annual spring cleaning of your computer!

Here are some digital spring cleaning tips to help clear up space, clean up your email, and clean up your browser.

Clearing up space

Over time, your computer’s hard drive can become filled with old downloads, and other types of clutter. This can slow down your computer’s performance and make it harder to find important files. Here’s how you can clear up space on your computer:

  1. Clear your downloads folder: If you’ve downloaded files that you no longer need, delete them from your downloads folder. You can access your downloads folder by going to your web browser’s settings.
  2. Clear your Recycling Bin: Once items are deleted from your device, they will be stored in the Recycle Bin. To permanently delete and clear up even more space, right click the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop and select Empty Recycle Bin.
  3. Use network storage: If you have a lot of files stored on your local computer that could be stored either on the cloud or on the server, consider offloading these files there. This will free up space on your hard drive.

Over time, your emails can pile up causing a multitude of issues. Here’s how you can clean up your email:

Cleaning up your email

  1. Delete old emails: Go through your inbox and delete any old emails that you no longer need.
  2. Delete items from the Deleted folder: Once you delete an email, its first moved to the deleted folder where it is stored and can be recovered. Delete items in your deleted folder to clear up even more space.
  3. Unsubscribe from email lists: If you’re receiving emails from email lists that you no longer want to be a part of, unsubscribe from them.

Your web browser is where you spend a lot of your time online, but it can also accumulate a lot of clutter over time. Here’s how you can clean up your browser:

Cleaning up your browser

  1. Clear your cache and cookies: Your browser’s cache and cookies can take up a lot of space and slow down your browsing speed. Clearing them out can help speed up your browsing.
  2. Delete bookmarks you no longer need: If you have a lot of bookmarks, go through them, and delete any that you no longer need.
  3. Uninstall browser extensions: If you have browser extensions that you no longer use or need, uninstall them.

Performing a digital spring cleaning is an important task that can help improve your device’s performance and keep it running smoothly. While we are recommending these tips for the spring, it’s important to remember that you can use these tips at any time to keep your device in tip top shape!

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