How do I check what programs are using the most resources?

So your computer is running slow and your not sure why?  A good place to start is see which applications are using the resources in your computer (CPU or Central Processing Unit / RAM or Random Access Memory).  To do this follow the steps below:

1. Press all three buttons together (“ctrl” + “alt” + “del“) or right click on the start bar on the bottom of the screen and select ” Start Task Manager“.  For Windows 7 or Vista, after pressing “Ctrl” + “Alt” + “Del” you will have to select “Start Task Manager“.

2.  Now you will see the “Task Manager” screen.

3. Click on the tab that says “Processes“.  You will see many columns and the two that are most important for this purpose are “CPU” and “MEMORY“.  (see image below)

4. If you click on either of the tabs (RAM, CPU) it will sort lowest to highest and vice versa.  Order from highest to lowest and see which programs are requiring a lot of resources as their might be an issue with this program.

Note: “System Idle Process” is good, and under the CPU column, System Idle Process should be above 90%.  (That means that 90% is available for any tasks needed.  If it is much lower than that you have too many processes running.

Windows Task Manager

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How to Print with a keyboard command

To save some time… as always it is faster to use keyboard commands instead of removing your hands from the keyboard and using the mouse.

If you need to print a document, webpage, pdf or any other item all you need to do is press “ctrl” and “p” buttons to initiate the print options (see image below).  This will save you several seconds instead of taking your hand off the keyboard to go to the mouse and going to “file” then “print”.

Example:
1. You are browsing the internet and want to print a page

2. Press “ctrl” and “p

3. You press enter if you don’t need to change any options.

4.  You printed your document without even moving your hands from the keyboard 🙂

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Outlook or Internet Based Email?

Ok… so in my work I still see too many client using Outlook and Outlook Express.  These options compile a large mail folder (.pst in Outlook .dbx in Outlook Express) on your computer that requires a lot of space on your hard drive first off.

Second, what if you want to check your home email from the office, or while traveling, etc.?  With Outlook you are confined to only check emails from your home computer, if your hard drive fails, all of your personal information (emails & contacts) can be lost.

Why are soo many people still limiting what they can do with their email?  Comfort I guess… but the benefits of using a third party like Google’s Gmail to manage your Pop3 (the kind you would set up in Outlook) email is easy, safe, accessible worldwide, and searchable.

If you set up your email (ex: example@gobrainstorm.net) through an internet based email service, you will still be sending email as example@gobrainstorm.net not the Gmail account you set up, so nothing will change in regards to your email account except for the way you access your emails.

Don’t be so tied to these programs and break free by using a FREE and more convenient option.

How to set up POP3 in gmail, http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Set-Up-a-POP3-Account-in-Gmail .

Take control of you email!

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