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ArounD THE TrApS 44 | www.probussouthpacific.org TECH guiDE J ust like you when your desk is a jumbled mess and your papers are everywhere, your computer works more slowly when it has files scattered willy-nilly. The simple exercise of cleaning up your desktop will save you hours spent searching for that long-lost file (is ‘I just know I saved it here somewhere’ a familiar phrase?) and will help your computer run more efficiently, saving you even more time and energy. Filing Over time, your desktop will start to fill up with different shortcuts and programs and it will become essential for you to delete them or sort them into folders. To create a folder on a PC, right click a blank part of the desktop, if you can find one. In the pop-up menu, move your cursor over the word ‘New’. Another box of options will appear to the side. Left click the word ‘Folder’. Type in the name you want to give the new folder and press enter. To move files into the folder, move your cursor over a file and hold down the left click mouse button. Hold the button down, drag the file into the new folder, and let go of the left mouse button. You have moved the file into the new folder. On a Mac, hold down the 'Control' button and left click a blank space on the desktop. From the menu, choose 'New Folder'. Type in the name of the new folder and press enter. To move files into the folder, move your cursor over a file and hold down the left mouse button. While this is held down, move your cursor to the folder. Let go of the left mouse button and the file will be dropped into that folder. Create shortcuts Shortcuts allow PC users to easily navigate to often-used items or programs, but may not be worth the set-up time for Mac users, who benefit from having heavily used programs in the Mac’s dock, at the bottom of the screen. On a blank area of your PC desktop, press the right click button on your mouse. From the menu, select ‘New’. A sub-menu will appear on the side. Move your mouse over the ‘Shortcut’ button and press the left click button on your mouse. Either click the ‘Browse’ button to find the program you wish to create a shortcut to or, alternatively, type a website address in the space provided. Your shortcut has been created on the desktop. To create a shortcut on a Mac, launch ‘Finder’ and browse until you find the application, folder or file you want to create a shortcut to. Highlight the application Stay on top Keeping your desktop organised can turn a frustratingly slow computer into a speedy pleasure to use, so you can get more done than ever. Drew patchell has the lowdown on making it happen. Thinkstock
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