If you are like me, you have a good number of files in the desktop and in your documents folder. Most of us did a quick rearrangement of these files to somewhere on your computer, but within a few days you may notice that all files are there in your system. How to clean up your system to look pretty and perform well? After a long time usage your computer may be dumped with unwanted and unused files, all this takes lots of space and sometimes affect system performance.
Here we are looking into some tips and tricks we should follow to cleanup our computer well. To do clean up, first you want to remove unwanted duplicate files from your system
Task 1: Find and Remove Duplicate Files
Just check a file name using search in a file directory, you may be surprised by seeing files with same name a few times. If you check it in whole computer, you may have a some shocking experience of seeing that same file are placed in several drives in different folders! If the file size bigger or have the same file a large time, then surely it will eat up some of your valuable disk space. Our first duty is to find and clean up duplicate files. You may wonder how to find such huge number of duplicate files or music’s manually. Definitely, it will be a tedious task is you did it manually. The solution: use a duplicate finder software.
Duplicate Cleaner (Windows)
Duplicate cleaner is one such a solution. After using the tool you would be surprised just how many duplicate documents, photos, music and other files build up on your computer. Duplicate Cleaner can find them and help you safely remove them. An easy interface helps you tell Duplicate Cleaner where to look and what to look for. The unique Selection Assistant will help pick the files to remove. You can delete the files or move them somewhere else for later. Duplicate Cleaner can scan all popular music formats. Find duplicates by Artist, Name or Title (exact or similar matches). Search on many other tags as well.
Duplicates Cleaner (Mac)
The free Duplicates Cleaner app finds all the duplicate files and helps you clean them to recover the lost disk space on your Mac. Drag and drop a folder of your choice into Duplicates Cleaner to scan for duplicates and click Multi Select to quickly clean all the scanned duplicates. There is also one more tool available which is a paid app, Duplicate detective. Another tool Duplicate Cleaner For iPhoto, is a little app to deal with duplicate photos and videos in your iPhoto. It makes the task of finding and removing duplicates in iPhoto significantly easier. It moves all duplicates to iPhoto trash.
You can find similar apps by spending a few times in a search engine.
Task 2: Optimize and Clean Your system
As your system gets older it collects unused files and settings, which take up hard drive space making it slower and slower. The clean up utilities cleans up these files and makes it faster instantly. The same case is for the Windows registry. Over time, your registry can become cluttered with errors and broken settings which lead to crashes. Many programs run silently in the background when you start up your computer. Many programs like CCleaner helps you to disable unneeded programs and boosts PC speed and fixes frustrating errors, crashes and freezes. You can use Ccleaner or Glary Utilities to clean up and optimization.
Task 3: Delete Unused and unwanted programs
You can simply delete unused or unwanted programs from your computer. Go to control panel (do a search ‘control panel’) and click Uninstall programs, check that the programs that you are not using or not needed anymore. Uninstall it. You can use some apps to easily bulk uninstall programs. Revouninstaller. Revo Uninstaller helps you to uninstall software and remove unwanted programs installed on your computer, even if you have problems uninstalling and cannot uninstall them from “Windows Programs and Features (Add or Remove Programs)” control panel applet. Absolute uninstaller is another tool. It auto fixes invalid program entries and batch uninstall programs. You can uninstall multiple programs at once, searching for apps, remove entries or restore them, change program properties, check program support information, view command line, fix invalid entries automatically, backup and restore uninstall info, and export the program list.
Task 4: Automated Organization of Files
You set up the rules, and File Juggler will monitor your folders and manage your files automatically. File Juggler is a versatile tool for managing files, it will monitor your files and automatically take action on the files that matches your criteria. You can create all kinds of different rules that matches your workflow and the way you want to organize your files. File Juggler can monitor your downloads folder, and automatically move video files to your video folder when they are downloaded. It can also rename and move files using the album and artist data in music files.
Hazel watches whatever folders you tell it to, automatically organizing your files according to the rules you create. Hazel move files around based on name, date, type, what site it came from and much more. Automatically sort your movies or file your bills. Keep your files off the desktop and put them where they belong. Have Hazel keep your trash in check, deleting files that are too old or clearing things out when the trash gets too big. Also, when you delete applications, they can leave behind support files that never get cleaned up.
Task 5: Wisely name Folders and Files
This is one of the major mistake most of us did. When we download something, we just download it somewhere open it, read it and throw it in somewhere! This is our habit. After few days again we want those older files, how to find it, no idea. What we are doing, simply downloaded it again. We did it in multiple times and the file clutter goes up. So what we do, just create a big folder on a drive with a useful and remembering folder name (say ‘hobby’). Make folders inside it with easily recognizable names (says ‘Photography’). Now you can put the files there and don’t forget to name the file accordingly to avoid duplication.
Task 6: Stick To Your Organization Plan
This is the most Herculean task! We do all some arrangement once upon a time. But after some time we start to dump files allover there. We have to strictly keep our organization, clean up and optimization plan to keep our system healthy and clean.