3 Creative IT Hacks Every Computer Owner Should Know

When it comes to being computer savvy, not everyone is going to be a computer whiz. Fortunately, there are some helpful things you can learn from those who do spend their time working the digital landscape that can help you overcome some common issues on your home or office computer. Whether you lost a file or need to schedule a task, these tips can help. 

Learn the Command Line

That strange looking blinking C:// isn't just there for show; it's the command line, and you can tell your computer what to do if you understand how to. For instance, if you want to head to your Blogs folder in your Documents file, you'd type ~/Documents/Blogs, or, if you were in the wrong folder, like ~/Documents/Dogs, you'd simply type cd ../Blogs to move to the correct folder through your command prompt. Why is this helpful? If you can't remember the base file your folder is in, you can bypass it. 

Understand Your Task Manager

Everyone knows when a computer is too slow. It takes minutes to load, even though it took seconds when it was brand new. It's normally one simple application slowing down your entire system, so use ctrl + alt + del to reach your task manager. There, you can see which programs are open and which ones are not responding. If you switch to the "more info" tab and look at processes or performance, you can see which programs are hogging the most memory. You can shut down files and programs directly from this window. 

Understand How to Use the Scheduling Tasks Option

If you want to run system maintenance but don't want to immediately, using the scheduling option is the perfect life hack. The scheduler is built into the system maintenance window, so all you have to do is specify a time and date for the maintenance to be performed. Remember, you need to leave the computer on, and it should not be hibernating or sleeping in order for this to work properly. You can often schedule tasks to recur, too, so that means you can schedule a year's worth of defragmentation or other tasks to be performed when you don't even notice. 

These easy hacks are simple to learn and can help you out when you need to get your computer to work more efficiently. Try them out; you may be surprised at how much they help you in the future. 

To learn more, contact local IT services.