Information, Technology & Consulting

Thirteen Desktop Tips from our Campus Support Team

1. Keep your computer’s desktop clear of files and clutter. Computers start faster and operate better when your desktop is clear. Store your documents in OneDrive, where you can access files from any device connected to the Internet.

2. Before you buy a new computer or upgrade to a new operating system, ask IT. We’ll help make sure you’re getting the best hardware for your needs, and that all software and services you rely on will be supported.

3. Always make sure you have an extra local administrator account on your computer in case you run into trouble with your main account.

4. When installing software or updates, read what will happen before you click “OK.” Many software updates will automatically deliver other software you didn’t request. You should have the option to decline installation of the tag-along software.

5. Always be suspicious: Do not automatically click on URL links embedded in email messages — even if the email is from someone you know.

6. Turn off your wireless when your computer is docked. This will ensure your computer is using the faster, wired network.

7. Lock your computer before you walk away. That way, if others have access to your computer while you’re gone, they won’t be able to see or change anything.

8. Shut down devices (mobile, computer, desktop) on a regular basis — at least weekly. They need to rest too!

9. Hardware will fail: back up your data regularly to external locations or devices.

10. Do not give your password to anyone and do not leave it taped to your computer. Change your password periodically.

11. Avoid using public computers when you need to enter your password or access sites that have confidential/sensitive data.

12. When you first create a document in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc., save it immediately. That way, if something happens to your computer, you’ll have a fighting chance to get the document back.

13. Only make changes to your calendar from one computer/device. You can view your calendar on other devices, but don’t add events, and don’t accept or decline meetings from any computer/device other than your primary one.

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