Downloads Folder Management Tips

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Written by Janice
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July 3 - (4 Min Read)

Do you ever catch yourself wondering when and for what you downloaded those now cruelly-outdated documents? Do you dwell on memories of the last great weekend trip with your friends rather than working on the report that’s due in 5 hours?

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Let me tell you – you aren’t the one to blame – your Downloads folder is!

Welcome to the first post in the new Ellp Series: Monday Productivity Boost. Each week, we will be sharing with you some small yet very powerful tips on how to boost your productivity either with introducing small changes in your routine or with flipping the proper switch within Ellp. Today, we’ll have a closer look at Downloads Folder Management. Ready?

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Mindlessly scrolling through the Downloads folder with a childlike wonder is something we are all guilty of. It’s something that can hinder our productivity in major ways:

  • We can lose our creative flow and end up stuck for hours on a project that normally would take us half an hour max;
  • We may present our boss with the outdated version of the monthly sales report without ever noticing and ‘feel’ the mistake in our wallet by the next bonus payment;
  • We miss a deadline all in all, and an important one, too!

Mindlessly scrolling through the Downloads folder is where are productivity leeks. Let’s change it!

Downloads Folder Management Tip 1 – No guilt needed, just awareness

So, let’s get real. When was the last time you went through your Downloads folder and cleared it out? No need to feel guilty if you haven’t done so in a while. The funny thing is that even if you monitor the number of files saved onto your Downloads folder, chances are that over time it will fill up to the extent that you’ll run out of space! So don’t worry about avoiding such menial tasks, I dread them too.

Unless you have some sort of preconfigured settings, all your downloaded files will be automatically saved to your Downloads folder. All work documents, your outdated resume you’ve been planning to update since last June, pictures from the company party, blurry photos of your mom’s newly renovated bathroom… No wonder you can spend ages here!

It’s a good idea to clean your Downloads folder every now and again, so as to clear out the files that are cluttering up your disk space – especially if you’re limited with storage space. After all, the Downloads folder is only a temporary space whereby all your downloaded files get downloaded to before you actually go through them and organize them into their respective folders.

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Downloads Folder Management Tip 2 – Manual Approach

The thing is that sifting through all the files within the Downloads folder and organizing or clearing them out manually may be somewhat of a tedious and boring task. Now, wouldn’t it be great if you were able to clear out the Downloads folder without the headache of having to manually clear it out yourself on a weekly or monthly basis?

Downloads Folder Management Tip 3 – Ellp’s Approach

This is where Ellp comes in handy! By simply activating this card ‘When my downloads folder is getting full, clear out the old stuff’, and setting the time limit for how long old items can stay in this folder, Ellp will notify you whenever your Downloads folder is filling up.

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 I encourage you to introduce this small change in your Downloads folder management into your daily PC routine. You can choose whether to do it manually or have Ellp as your PC assistant do it for you. Knowing exactly where to find what you are looking for and not being sucked into endless scrolling through lists of files is a big time saver that results in a major productivity boost. And who wouldn’t want that?

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5 Ways to Boost PC Performance

Written by Janice
Writer


June 29 - (10 Min Read)

Do pardon my French, but does your PC need a kick in the ass? If yes, it’s safe to say that the new PC charm has worn off, and long gone are the days when you could soar through your workload without a hitch! Don’t fret! There are ways to improve PC performance, but first, you have to understand why such issues arise.

If you are not a techie person nor ever aspire to be one, you may skip the whole article and simply download Ellp. It will do all the PC maintenance for you and more than that – will help you boost your productivity and performance, too!

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Why is your PC running slow?

Over time and use, your PC tends to slow down, mostly because it’s full to the brim with your downloaded applications and software, along with other files, such as photos and videos. Other contributing factors might be bad computer habits, such as disregarding standard scheduled maintenance, running multiple programs at once and putting your PC to sleep instead of shutting it down on a daily basis. Whoops! Guilty! I do these more often than I’d like to admit.

With that said, it all boils down to the fact that, with regular use your PC tends to build up unwanted files and fragments your hard drive, resulting in a slow PC, which in turn affects your productivity. All of these problems can be easily taken care of, either by yourself if you have the time and tech knowledge, or by an automation program if you value your time and peace. Either way, they need to be addressed, because if not such issues continue to pile up, with the ultimate result being that you’re presented with a ‘new clunker’ in your life – your PC.

Below, you can find top 5 tips that we have prepared for you to guide you on how to boost your PC performance with no drama and no money involved.

1. Boot your PC and manage startup programs

We tend to brush the first one off. Why? We want to get to work as soon as possible and therefore, if we simply put our PC to sleep, all we have to do is login and not wait for it to start up. Bad call! Starting your PC after a proper shutdown or restarting your PC, helps your computer to recalibrate after a day of work. After all, everyone needs a little shut-eye!

Having multiple programs opening up upon PC startup may hinder your PC startup time. Chances are that these programs continue to run in the background well after startup, using up your PC’s memory. Ellp can help you monitor which applications are slowing your PC at startup by simply activating the ‘When an application start slowing down my PC startup, alert me’ card. When activated, Ellp will pinpoint the applications slowing down your PC startup time. This way you can access the Task Manager, and just go straight to the applications that are delaying you from getting on with your work.

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2. Clear out unused programs and applications

Programs and applications tend to take up a lot of space. If they’re used on a regular basis then it’s all well and good, however, if you no longer make use of them, then you might want to consider getting rid of them.

A Pro Tip: Only remove programs and application you recognize, so as to avoid uninstalling any important programs you might need in the future.

Follow these steps to uninstall:

  • Access the Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Programs and Features

From the list provided, simply right-click on the program or application and select Uninstall. If it doesn’t allow you to uninstall, it means that the program or application is a default program or app.

PS. Some really important programs cannot be uninstalled as they are inbuilt and part of your PC’s factory settings.

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3. Delete unwanted files

When was the last time you went through your files and cleared unneeded and unwanted files out? Most probably it’s been a while and it’s now taking its toll on PC performance. Keep in mind that the more files you accumulate, the slower and more cluttered your PC will become. Not only that, but these files also take up valuable space on your hard drive. Ellp can easily keep track of such files and your disk’s storage space by utilizing the following Ellp cards:

  • ‘When my downloads folder is filling up, clear out the old stuff’

When activated and time limit for how long old items can stay within the Downloads folder is set, Ellp will notify you whenever your Downloads folder is filling up and with your approval it will clear out the old stuff for you, allowing you to reclaim valuable space.

  • ‘When my Recycle Bin is filling up, keep it clean’

This is one of the folders that is usually packed with unwanted files, however, we never get around to clearing it. This card will do the trick, as once activated it will alert you every time your Recycle Bin is close to being overloaded with old stuff, so you can keep it clean.

  • ‘When my hard disk is getting full, free up space’

By making use of this card, Ellp will inform you whenever your hard drive is close to getting full, and will then free up space for you. Not to worry, Ellp will only delete any temporary and junk files that are no longer needed by you or your PC, so no important files will be deleted. Once such files have been cleared out, Ellp will then notify you with the amount of space regained.

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4. Defrag your Hard Disk

For some this might be a head spinner, but don’t worry – we’re here to help. Basically, it’s a way of reconfiguring all the empty spaces found on your drive, which affect the way your hard drive thinks. In the sense that, some programs and files might take longer to open up and therefore by rearranging how your drive structure, you improve your PC performance.

To defrag your drive you can do it yourself by following these steps:

  • Open File Explorer and right-click on the hard drive and select Properties. Under the Tools tab, you’ll see Optimize and defragment drive with the option to ‘Optimize’.

If you don’t feel comfortable to defrag your drive yourself you can seek the help of free defrag tools.

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5. Do regular maintenance

One of the best ways to get the most out of your PC is to schedule regular maintenance. That is, making sure that you don’t put off software updates and that you update all programs and run security scans, to check for viruses, spyware and any other kind of malware. Performing such regular check, not only improves the functionality of your system but also help patch any security glitches.

It might seem a bit of a tedious and daunting task, because let’s face it, it takes a long time to go through and action all of the above. However, by performing such tasks, you can optimize and boost PC performance along the way.

But yet again, here at Ellp, we ask ourselves this simple question: Why to do it yourself if Ellp can do it for you?

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We wrote Boost PC Performance article to guide you on how to set up Ellp to extend your PC lifetime. We hope you find it useful. If you are curious how our users rate Ellp, here is the link to Ellp’s testimonials page for you!

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Reclaim Valuable Disk Space with Ellp

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Written by Janice
Writer


April 13 - (2 Min Read)

When was the last time you went through your downloads folder and cleared it out? No need to feel guilty if you haven’t done so in a while. The funny thing is that even if you monitor the amount of files saved onto your downloads folder, chances are that over time it will fill up to the extent that you’ll run out of space! So don’t worry about avoiding such menial tasks, I dread them too.

Unless you have some sort of preconfigured settings, all your downloaded files will be automatically saved to your Downloads folder. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to spring-clean your Downloads folder every now and again, so as to clear out the files that are cluttering up your disk space – especially if you’re limited with storage space. After all, the Downloads folder is only a temporary space whereby all your downloaded files get downloaded to before you actually go through them and organize them into their respective folders. The thing is that sifting through all the files within the Downloads folder and organizing or clearing them out manually may be somewhat of a tedious and boring task. Now, wouldn’t it be great if you were able to clear out the Downloads folder without the headache of having to manually clear it out yourself on a weekly or monthly basis?

This is where Ellp comes in handy! By simply activating this card ‘When my downloads folder is getting full, clear out the old stuff’, and setting the time limit for how long old items can stay in this folder, Ellp will notify you whenever your Downloads folder is filling up. Once it has your approval, it will clear out the old stuff for you, allowing you to get back that valuable disk space you so desperately need!

How to Avoid Messing Up Your PC

Written by Kristina
Customer Success


December 1 - (4 Min Read)

We’ve all experienced our fair share of computer issues, from PC slow down, a jam-packed hard drive, lurking viruses and Trojans… these are just some of the many PC hurdles you will come across. Dealing with these problems can be pretty frustrating, costly and time-consuming, to say the least! Luckily, there are solutions to combat such stresses. First, we need to understand the root of the problem, which is us! Not many of us realize that a lot of the time, we’re the source of such outcomes. Without knowing we find plenty of ways to contribute towards messing up our PC. From overloading them with tons of applications, software, videos, and pictures, to pressing the wrong key combinations which may change important PC settings, not to mention leaving traces of confidential information behind which can easily be accessed by hackers and identity thieves. I’m not here to judge, it happens to the best of us 🙂 But don’t worry, we’re here to help.

Here are 5 successful ways to help you combat common PC issues:

1. Backup your data
Losing data can be an absolute nightmare! It’s very important to backup your data as you never know what might happen to your PC. Your documents, audio files, videos and precious photo moments are irreplaceable. Backup daily, if not hourly (especially for those of you who are constantly working on projects). With today’s technological advancements you can simply back everything up on the cloud, such as Google Drive and Dropbox. If you’re old-school and prefer something more tangible you can opt for traditional backup methods such as external drives. Word of advice, be wary, as external drives can also die on you! Always prepare for the worst case scenario. By using online and external storage space, you’ll be able to relieve some space from your probably very loaded hard drive.

2. Update your antivirus software
Not updating your antivirus software? Bad move! I know antivirus software can be a pain at times, as it tends to get in the way, but you can’t afford to go without one. This can spare you the huge ordeal of having to deal with viruses, malware and Trojans. Remember, protection is key to a healthy PC!

3. Create strong passwords
Everyone gets a bit paranoid at the thought of having their device and online accounts hacked. This is why rocking solid passwords should be at the top of your list. Yes, it’s passwords, PLURAL, as you should have more than one password for your devices and online accounts. If you have trouble remembering your passwords, like I do… no worries, you can simply use a password manager, which remembers all the passwords for you. If you’re not sure whether your passwords are strong enough, take a look at our previous blog on ‘How to Rock Passwords’.

4. Update your software
Putting off those software updates, are we?! Not a great call at all, especially since your PC’s operating system heavily relies on those updates. Besides improving the functionality of your system, such software updates also help to patch up any security glitches. So if you choose not to update your software, your PC may be at risk and vulnerable to hackers.

5. Ask for help when you need it
Let’s face it, we know a lot, but we don’t know it all. If you’re not sure about something ask first, as you may aggravate the situation more. Take it from someone who has experienced this, if you’re not sure about something, seek help from an IT support specialist. Don’t be afraid to ask for help 🙂

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How-to Manage space on Windows 10

Written by Kristina
Customer Success


September 7 - (5 Min Read)

New or old, your PC is bound to get bogged down with junk, and other unnecessary files. Admittedly, I think we all get a bit over excited with our machines, stuffing them like turkeys with the latest applications and software, along with everything we love and need including photos, movies, music, downloads and the like.

Sadly, your computer only has a limited amount of space to store all your favorite things. Sooner or later this space will eventually run out, and you’ll be left with little to no space at all. This is no leaky bucket, inversely the more you add to it, the slower and more cluttered it becomes.

Unnecessary files such as duplicates and temporary files tend to hijack your device for much longer than actually needed. Unless you remove these files yourself, or find a software application to get rid of them for you, they will keep robbing you of your precious hard disk space. Just think of all the things you could do with that extra space…plenty of room for that new series you’re watching, more soundtracks to add to your music collection, another photo album, or a new application – the world’s your oyster!

You’ll be glad to hear that managing your PC storage space is not rocket science! You can easily do this yourself from the comfort of your own home, and at no cost.

But how?

Here’s 5 ways to free more disk space:

  1. Check your PC’s current space status
  2. Uninstall unused and unnecessary applications
  3. Move files to another drive
  4. Manage temporary files
  5. Manage multimedia files and eliminate duplicates
  1. Check your PC’s current space status

Unlike other versions of Windows, Windows 10 provides you with real information and metrics that you can actually use, along with a range of tools that show you what’s occupying space on your computer’s hard drive. You can easily monitor PC space by accessing the storage settings on your desktop like so:

  • First open File Explorer. If you want to be a bit more tech savvy and master keyboard shortcuts press Windows key + E
  • From the left pane, select This PC
  • If you look under the Windows (C:) drive you’ll see the amount of free space on your hard disk.

Once you have a better idea of what’s occupying your hard disk space you’ll be able to delete all the wasteful files and folders that are shrinking your machine. To delete such files simply:

  • Go back to the Settings app: Start > Settings, or you can use this shortcut Windows + I
  • Click on the System group
  • Click Storage. This tab allows you to view your system drive, as well as other drives or partitions on your system. Click on any one to see what’s consuming space and how much it’s taking up.
  • Select Delete to remove unwanted files and folders.
  1. Uninstall unused and unnecessary applications

Software applications can take up lots of space on your hard drive, especially if you have limited storage on your computer. For this reason, uninstalling unused and unnecessary applications is a good idea. Only remove apps you recognize though, so as to avoid removing programs you might actually need in the future! But don’t fret, there are some really important apps which cannot be uninstalled as they are inbuilt and part of your computer’s factory settings, and therefore your system won’t allow you to delete them. Phew!

Follow the next steps to Uninstall:

  • Before you start off removing apps, first take a look at the Apps and Games category. To get there, go on Start > Apps and Games.  Here you have the ability to search for apps, sort them by size or date, and quickly uninstall unwanted apps. To see what your options are for each application, simply select Manage Option Features.
  • To uninstall right-click on the application and select Uninstall. If it doesn’t give you the option to uninstall in the drop down menu, the app may be a default app.
  1. Move files to another drive

If you have photos, music, movies, games, or other files that you want to keep but don’t access very often you can always save them to another drive. Such as an external hard drive, or USB drive. By using this method you will still be able to use them when the drive is connected, with the added bonus that they won’t be taking up any space on your PC.

To transfer files follow these instructions:  

  • First connect the removable media device to your PC.
  • Open File Explorer located in the taskbar and find the files you want to transfer.
  • Select the files, go to the Home tab, and then select Move To > Choose location.
  • Select your device from the list, and click Move.

Better yet, alternatively you can use a Cloud service to store your files and benefit from easy access from any device at any time. You can use cloud services like Music Cloud for your favourite jams, Google Drive for files and documents, Google Photos app to store photos, create albums and so on.

  1. Manage temporary files

Temporary files are files that are automatically created by Windows or internet browsers to temporarily contain information while new files are being made. Once these files have done their job, they are no longer needed and can therefore be deleted. If not removed, these files will eventually accumulate and clutter your hard drive. To monitor or remove these files;

  • Open File Explorer > This PC > Temporary Files. Here you have the option to do 2 things, you can manage files or delete them.  
  • To manage files select Manage Temporary Files.
  • From This PC you have the option to manage downloads and anything that’s in the recycle bin.
  • To delete any of these files simply select the file you want to delete and click Delete.
  1. Manage multimedia files and eliminate duplicates

Organize your space better by taking control of all your apps, documents, music, pictures and videos.

  • Go on Start > Settings > Storage scroll down to the bottom. Here you will be able to change the default save locations to any drive or partition on your system. Like this you’ll always find what you’re looking for.

Besides organizing your space better, you can also delete duplicate files. These are files that are identical, or seemingly identical files that are saved on your computer. Duplicate files aren’t needed, they just complicate life and take up large chunks of space. There are two ways to manually search for duplicates, and both take time, usually turning out to be quite tedious… Which probably explains why many of us end up with countless duplicates!

  • You can either go through all files, deleting as you go along or try searching for them; Open Search and type the name of the file you suspect has been duplicated.
  • Or you can check from the toolbar, click Views > Details scroll down the list looking for matching filenames and extensions. Once you find files that match, compare dates in the Date Modified column and if their dates are the same, the likelihood is that the files are probably duplicates.
  • Select the file you want to remove by pressing Delete. Before deleting, first take a look at the files and compare content to make sure you’re deleting the correct version.

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