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How to Make Your Laptop Work Faster

Hello, Info Enthusiasts! Want to make your Laptop work faster?

Laptops execute tasks slowly for a variety of reasons—you may simply have too many tabs and programs open or there may be several programs running in the background that you are unaware of. Every method of speeding up your laptop involves freeing up more memory. Even disabling animations can speed up your laptop significantly!

Close Programs & Apps you’re not currently using

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Running multiple programs and apps at once uses a significant amount of your laptop’s memory, causing it to run slowly. Reducing the number of programs and apps you have open may improve your laptop’s speed.

  • Look for programs that you’ve minimised but haven’t actually closed.

Close unnecessary browser tabs

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Each tab in your web browser requires a small amount of memory to run. The more tabs you have open, the more memory your laptop is required to devote to running the web browser. Limiting the number of tabs you have open at a time can enhance the speed of your laptop.

  • After you’re finished with a tab, close it.
  • If you are keeping it open as a “reminder” to do something, write yourself a note or send yourself an email instead.

Restart your Laptop

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Laptops benefit from regular (~1x/week) restarts. Restarting may significantly improve your laptop’s speed.

Delete unnecessary programs, apps and files

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Removing programs, apps, and files you no longer use will free up space on your laptop’s hard drive.

  • Try looking your applications folder for old or unused programs to delete or uninstall.

End unnecessary Background processes

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When there are too many programs running in the background, your laptop’s ability to execute simple tasks is greatly reduced. Closing these programs with the Task Manager will improve the speed of your laptop.

  • Right-click on the desktop taskbar and select “Task Manager” from the pop-up menu.
  • Click on the “Processes” tab to view the results.
  • Select tasks that are using a lot of your computer’s resources (these are highlighted) and/or tasks that are running in the background (found under “Background Processes). Only select programs that you are familiar with.
  • Click “End Task”.

Defragment your hard drive

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As you use and move files around, the files stored on your hard drive become fragmented. Instead of storing all of a file’s components together, the parts are stored in non-contiguous clusters. As a result, it can take your laptop a while to open a fragmented file. While your hard drive is automatically defragmented on a set schedule, you can also manually defragment your hard drive.

  • Click the Start button and type “Defragment” in the search box.
  • Select “Disk Defragmenter” from the results.
  • Select a drive and click “Analyze disk”.
  • Click “Defragment disk”.

Cleanup your disk

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Windows’ Disk Cleaner tool allows users to easily find and remove unnecessary files, programs, and apps from their disks. Removing these files with the built-in Disk Cleanup tool will free up more memory, allowing your computer to run faster.

  • Swipe from the right of your screen towards the centre and select “Settings”.
  • Click “Control Panel” and select “Administrative Tools”.
  • Double-click “Disk Cleanup”, then select the drive you want to clean and click “Ok”.
  • Check the boxes next to the types of files you would like to remove and click “Ok”.
  • Select “Delete Files”.

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