5 Best Practices for Optimum Computer Performance

When it comes to your computer’s performance, there are several things within your control that can help you maintain a smooth and optimal user experience. Here are five best practices to consider for keeping your computer operating at its very best.   

Keep browser windows and tabs to a minimum.

Google Chrome and other browser windows can use quite a bit of your system resources and even slow your internet connection. We recommend keeping browser windows to no more than two—and no more than five tabs—open at a time

Close unused Microsoft Office applications and files.

When working in MS Office, we recommend closing unused applications and files. Having more than three open MS Office applications or windows can also reduce your computer’s performance. Also, be sure to always save your work before closing your windows. 

Close programs that you are not going to use for a while.

Closing these applications can help improve your computer’s performance. Running several programs at once—or even in the background—will consume your computer resources and thus can reduce its performance. Rule of thumb: It’s best to live by the saying, “If I won’t be using it in the next 30 minutes, save and close it.” 

Reboot your computer regularly.

Often, when you call for support, we’ve all heard the phrase, “Let’s reboot your computer or device.” Why? This clears out cache and removes temporary files and programs that you may not even see or be aware that are running. We recommend rebooting your computer at least once a week.

Allow your computer to run and install its updates.

We know they never come at a time that is convenient, but these updates serve two purposes: one is to ensure that security features are fully updated and that your computer is secure and the other is improving applications to enhance your computer’s user experience. 

To learn more technology best practices or to speak to a trusted information technology expert, contact the team at Technology Lab today.