If you have a slow computer and want to make it faster there are many different things that you can do to either clean up your computer or “tune up” your computer but why not consider this – what if you could get to the applications and programs that you frequently use much quicker? How much time do you think you would save every day?
How much would you save if you were to add it up for a whole week or how about a month? I’m willing to bet that for the average person it would add up to a lot and even if it didn’t, being able to get to your programs quicker is just much more convenient. The user interface is something that you use frequently – you might as well spend some time to make it as convenient for you to use.
- To being, let’s start off with the quick launch (if you not sure, the quick launch is that little group of icons that are right beside your start button). If you don’t see a little group of icons right beside your start menu, just right-click on the taskbar and select Properties and then select Show Quick Launch to get them there. Now, in order for you to do anything you are going to have to unlock the quick launch. To do that, just right-click on the taskbar and select the Lock Taskbar option. By now you should be able to see some dotted lines which will allow you to resize it the quick launch window. Now all you have to do is to just find the top 3 applications that you use the most and then go through your All Programs list in the start menu and right click on their icons and select Copy. To add them, just go to your desktop, right-click and select Paste. Now you should now see a copy of that icon on your desktop – all you have to do now to complete this is to just drag it into the quick launch area and the icon should be in bottom right-hand corner next to the start menu (you can delete the shortcut that you copied to your desktop now since you will not be needing it). So every time that you start up your computer or just log on you doesn’t have to look all over the place those 3 programs – there right in front of you.
- Now the start menu can also be of use to you when you are looking around for your applications. If you click on the start menu you will notice a faint horizontal line on the left-hand side. Everything that is above this line is permanently there unless you manually remove it and everything below this line is programs that you have most recently used. What you’re going to want to do here is to add 3-5 programs that you use regularly to the permanent (the top part) of the list. Just go to All Programs on the start menu, right-click on the program icon and select “Pin To Start Menu”. Do this for all 3-5 programs that you want to add to your start menu. Now you have your main 3 programs on your taskbar and the other 3-5 regularly used ones on your start menu so you don’t have to look around your computer to find where they are.
One smaller thing that you can do is to just clean up your desktop of its unused icons. This may seem pointless, but don’t underestimate an organized desktop – it will save you some time.