Friday, August 6, 2010

Organizing Your Computer Before School Starts...

I don’t know about you about I am not ready for the boys to go back to school. I’m NOT ready for summer to be over!!

Before you start setting all the alarms in the house for 6:00 a.m. let’s get everyone’s computer organized and ready for school. Let’s clean out your Mail Folders and start new folders, let’s purge your hard drive so that your computers run faster and last but no least lets get rid of some of those old documents or temporary files so you child can make new documents for school.

Purging your hard drive:

Every time you surf the net you add “cookies” these can pileup and slow down your web browser and other programs. Nothing is worse than trying to look up a subject that you child brought home for homework and it takes 15 minutes to download the page…sure they would be patient and you would stay calm.

Here are a couple of options to delete your cookies:

Internet Explorer

1. Once your browser is open, select the Tools menu and click Internet Options and select the General tab.
2. To delete all cookies, in the Temporary Internet Files section, click Delete Cookies and press OK.
3. Multiple cookies can be selected by holding down the CTRL key while clicking.
4. Press the Delete key.
5. Press OK on any dialog boxes that appear.

1. Go to the menu labeled "Safari"
2. Select the sub-menu "Preferences..."
3. Select “Security”
4. Select the "Show Cookies"
5. Select all the remaining cookies showing in the window and click "Remove All"

I like to do a “Disk Clean Up”

1.Go to “Programs”
2.Select “Accessories”
3.Select “System Tools”
4.Select “Disk Clean Up”
5.Select “from all files”

A good way to get your programs running faster on your computer is to do a “Disk Defragmenter”

1.Go to “Programs”
2.Select “Accessories”
3.Select “System Tools”
4.Select “Disk Defragmenter” this process will take some time but you will notice a HUGE difference.

Mailbox…How much mail do you have in your inbox?!?!

The first thing I would suggest is delete all of your mail you no longer need! I like to set up folders for each of the boys. In the folder I have sub-folders: School, Sports and Extra Cur.
If you have folders all ready set up from last year delete all of the mail you no longer need. You may want to save one email from a past sport incase you want to try and get the same team together for this school year.

Any time you receive an email about your child’s classroom or information you might want to look at as a reference move the mail to your child’s file folder. This will help to keep you inbox under control and easy to find email addresses or time of events if they are kept in their own folder.

These are just a couple of ideas to help you get you started if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them!!