Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
Hi there! EVeryone here is correct.
Opening websites, downloading things, pretty much everything you do is saved on a little "square" of your computer. When you close that webpage, delete the cookie, whatever, it leaves the space empty.
So imagine all these little squares, and some are empty and some are full, but they're scattered all over. Defrag pulls out those empty ones, and compacts the used ones together. Just helps the computer run more efficiently. You should defrag all drives.
I believe our scan disk was set up by hubby to run every so often.
You should also clean out your history, cookies, temporary internet files, recycle bin, etc, frequently.
Also, how many things are on your desktop? This will have an impact on how your computer runs also. The little icons already on your desktop are programs that load up every time you turn your computer on, so they're ready and waiting for you. This can slow your computer down if you're running alot of programs from the desktop. The things that I don't use on a daily basis aren't on my desktop.
Hi Heather, class nerd here so please forgive. Questions????
1) How do you clean out your history?
2) " " " " " " cookies?
3)" " " " " " temperary internet files
4) Recycle Bin?
5) How do uou get rid of those icons that are present on your staart up screen that you never use. This used to be my daughters computer and there is so much stuff on here I don't use? I'd check the book, BUT, quess who didn't have it??? Also, if you remove the icon, where do you go to find it should you ever have the urge to play some of her goofy games, ya know, just when you're bored?
Thanks Heather, I'm glad there is at least one computer whiz here. I used to have a pretty good one living here, but then she fell in love, started planning her wedding and it's all alone for mom to figure out, with a litte help from you experts.
Oh, one more question, how do you put a screen saver on your computer? I had the one that looked like all the stars raceing towards you at warp speed, ( like Star Trek) but it just went poof......I musta hit something wrong. When I ran defrag on c Drive, it took nearly 4 hours for it to complete, is that normal? I think the other one is A drive, I'll do that one next, most likely on my day off as this one kept me up way past my bedtime.......Duckie tired!
Heather, I dont mean to be a pain, if I'm asking to much of yur time in explaining this, I understand as I know you are a very busy lady. If nothing else, can you recommend a book for computer dummies on how to keep them running smoothly and the things you can do, that actually tells us stuff in a language we can understand???? I appreciate your help!!!! Hugs, Duckie