collaborative post // As they say, tidy space, tidy mind! Being organized on your laptop can make your workflow quicker, help you become more efficient and reduce the stress of when you can’t locate something that you need urgently.

There are many ways to be organized on your laptop, from deleting unused applications to reviewing your bookmarks and keeping your folders under control – this will help reduce your storage information. Below we look into five ways to organize your laptop. 

Review your bookmarks 

If you find your bookmarks getting out of control, you are not alone! This happens to so many people and when it does, it can be a nightmare. To keep them organized, take a moment to delete any that you no longer need. Try to use folders to organize them, saving them by different categories.

For example, your cafes in London Bridge, rooftop restaurants, and coffee shops in Greenwich can all be stored under food and drink. Swimming pools, football stadiums and dart clubs can be categorized under activities. The sooner you start reviewing your bookmarks, the quicker it will be when trying to locate them. 

Delete unused apps

The longer you have owned your laptop, the more applications you will have downloaded. This can quickly take up unnecessary space on your laptop, using up your storage. The more storage that is taken up, the slower your laptop will potentially be – not to mention the more time you will need to review them. Try to check over your apps each month, deleting any that have not been used over 4 weeks or more.

When deleting, remember that you can always reinstall them if you need them in the future. The chances are, if you haven’t used them for a while, then you won’t need them again anyway. If there are any files related to the application, you could back them up to a cloud software or external hard drive. Deleting unused apps by size is a quick hack that could increase your memory substantially. 

Check over your downloads

Another area of your laptop that can often get overcrowded is your downloads folder. If you are like most users, whenever you see something you want to try out, you download it and leave it in that folder until you no longer need it. The more you do this, the bigger your downloads folder can be and the less organized it is.

In order to organize your laptop, try to review your downloads, deleting all dublications (as let’s face it, this often happens a lot in your downloads) and moving all the files you do need into the correct folders. The more often you do this, the quicker it will become to organize the folder and the less documents you will find crowding up that folder. 

Inspect your desktop

Are you a user who likes to store everything they use on their desktop? If you are, try to stop this as soon as possible. Overcrowding your desktop with files can slow down your laptop and make it seem messy. In order to organize your desktop, start by deleting files you no longer need – we guarantee there will be some.

Then organize your applications by folders and remove files that you use but not that often as they don’t need to be on your desktop. Try to keep the items on your desktop to a minimum as this will help you stay organized in the long run. Perform this check quickly each month to stay on top of things. 

Get rid of duplicate files

Duplicate files take up unnecessary space, they can be hard to locate and can make knowing which file is most up-to-date confusing. Spend a moment reviewing your files, deleting any duplicates. This can happen a lot if you edit documents and save different versions or are a photographer or videographer.

If you are unsure on the best way to locate duplicate files, you can use an app to do it for you. Before choosing which app to use, check out the user reviews as this is where you will get honest feedback on the app. Try to pick an app that has the majority of positive reviews and scores 4 or 5 stars, this way you can trust it more. You can always delete an app after downloading it if it doesn’t work correctly. 

What tips do you have to stay organized on your laptop? Which of the tips above did you find most useful? Are there any tips that we haven’t included that you think will benefit our readers? Let us know in the comment box below. 

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