6 Things to Remove from Your Laptop Right This Second
Into the trash bin they go
Laptop running a little slow? No, you don’t have to book it to the Apple Store--you just need to give that puppy a little bit of digital R&R. Here, six things to take off it right away.
DOCS ON YOUR DESKTOP
The number of items on your desktop directly reflects your mental state. (In our case, chaotic.) But there’s another reason to sort files into folders. Computers actually slow down when you save too many docs to the main screen because they automatically generate previews for each and every one of them. Save those documents where they belong or, worst case scenario, tuck ’em in a folder creatively marked “Desktop Files.”
OLD OPERATING SYSTEMS
Sure, software update prompts are annoying, but if you don't accept them, you could cause your computer to run super slow on an outdated and unsupported system (hi, Mountain Lion). So the next time a new OS is up for download, do yourself a favor and click "OK."
ANY DUPLICATE FILES
Yes, this task may feel super time-consuming, but it’s less daunting than you think thanks to third-party apps like Duplicate Detective ($2.99) that efficiently scan your machine for file dupes. (How else would you know that you’ve got triplicates of your family’s 2012 vacation to Disney World?) Don’t worry, the app gives you a chance to review before you officially hit delete.
OLD AND UNUSED APPS
Tread carefully here, but if you haven’t used a program--say the app that came with your point-and-shoot camera--in over a year, that’s probably a sign it’s taking up unnecessary space in your desktop dock.
Your goal: To achieve inbox zero. But it feels like you never ever have time to sort and file. New plan--create a folder marked “2015 Email” and drag every message you received during that year in there. (Same for 2014, 2013, etc.) This’ll save you inbox space and also make your archives more searchable.
YOUR FACEBOOK FRIENDS
OK, so this one’s not technically taking up space on your laptop, but come on, how good would it feel to whittle your list of friends to people you genuinely care about? (We’re talking about you, rando dude we met on that cruise in 2007. Deleeeeete.)