General Computer Tips - Some general hints and tips that just might make your computing experience a little more user-friendly.

Computer Tips

  • The number one tip with any piece of computer equipment - if it's not working correctly trying powering it off and then powering it back on again. This applies to not only computers but also your modem, printer, etc. Ensure that the device is actually turned off and not just in 'sleep' or 'standby' mode as this will limit the benefits of turning it off and on.

  • If you're attempting to reset your modem also unplug the phone line from the back of the device for a few seconds before plugging it back in. This combined with the power reset will ensure that a completely new connection is be made to your internet provider once you turn the modem back on.

  • If a piece of computer equipment won't even turn on make sure everything is plugged in securely. Sometimes the plug might be inserted into the power outlet in the wall correctly but not snugly into the adapter/converter.

  • Computer components don't like power drops or surges. A UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) is a great way to protect against sudden power drops which can damage your computer's hardware. At the very least, use a power strip with surge protection to run your computer equipment on.

  • Be careful when you're moving your computer, especially if it is running. Traditional hard drives can easily be damaged by a sudden jolt or fall. When moving computers, even laptops, it is best to turn them off first.

  • If at all possible, don't simply switch the power off to your computer. Make sure to use the computer's software power options, such as 'Shut Down' in Windows, to shut the machine down properly.

  • If you've already turned your computer off and realized you've left a disc in the CD/DVD drive you don't need to turn the computer back on. Just poke a paperclip into the small hole on the drive as seen below. This will eject the tray and you can remove your disc.

  • When you have external drives such as backup drives or USB sticks don't just pull them out of the computer when you're done. This can damage the drives. You need to 'eject' them safely first. On the bottom right of your screen click on the 'Show Hidden Icons' button to reveal the 'Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media' button:

    Click on this icon and select the device you want to remove from the computer:

    After you receive a message saying the device can be removed, detach it from the computer.

  • Passwords keep you safe so change them often and don't use the same password for multiple things. Everyone hates keeping track of passwords so it's a good idea to keep them written down in a book or notepad that you keep in a safe area.

No list can ever cover all the issues or questions that come up when operating a computer. If you have additional questions give us a call and we can schedule some time to assist you.

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Disclaimer: The information on this site is of a general nature only. It does not take your specific needs or circumstances into consideration. You should look at your own personal situation and requirements before making any decisions or taking any action.

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