A slow laptop in your hand can be a major cause of lost productivity and concentration. It can also be very frustrating when in the middle of an important job you find yourself waiting for more and doing less work.
However, there are simple tips you can follow to see a quick performance boost on your computer, which can be helpful when you’re on a laptop and need to get work done quickly.
Close foreground, background programs not in use
Programs that are not currently in use but still work are the main reason your laptop is being wasted on the wrong solution. Close all windows of programs that are not needed for your current work, and you will see an almost instant increase in productivity, especially if you have an older, not very powerful machine.
Not all programs can be simply closed by pressing the “X” button. You can also keep track of what is running in the background. You can do this by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc and looking at what works in the Windows Task Manager. You can also check the taskbar by clicking the upward arrow on the right side of the taskbar to see if any programs are running in the background.
Close unnecessary browser tabs
If your job involves keeping your browser open all the time, you might want to keep the number of open tabs to a minimum if your computer isn’t fast enough. Remember that the more tabs are open in the browser window, the greater the load on your RAM and processor.
Reboot your laptop
A simple restart can do more for your old laptop than you think. Restarting clears the temporary cache and allows your laptop to literally start over. Please note that if you have programs that start with Windows, a simple restart can be counterproductive unless you do something with those programs first.
Keep track of running applications
Apps launched at startup will gradually build up over time and will affect not only your laptop’s boot time, but also its overall performance. These programs also mean that your resources will be used behind these programs, possibly without your knowledge.
You can check for programs that start with Windows by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager, go to Advanced View, and go to the Startup tab.
Remove unnecessary programs
This is quite simple, but one of the most effective ways to free up resources. If you find yourself constantly closing programs when they automatically start and not opening them for a long time, you might consider uninstalling them temporarily. These can be utilities, games, or any other software.