By Dan Gookin

Part of PCs For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Here are some essential tips for working with your PC. Keeping your PC in good working order prolongs its life and prevents you from losing important data.

  • Always use your best posture while you compute. Don’t slouch! Elevate your wrists. Don’t tilt your head too far down.

  • Get a UPS for your PC. Plug the monitor, console, and external backup drive into the battery-backed-up sockets.

  • Properly turn off your PC; use the Windows Shutdown command.

  • You can connect and disconnect USB devices to and from the computer while the computer or the device is on.

  • To get to the Control Panel in Windows 10, press Win+X and choose Control Panel from the super-secret menu.

  • The best gift you can buy your PC is more memory.

  • Obtain an external hard drive and implement a backup regimen on your PC.

  • Remember to properly eject and safely remove any removable media in Windows; don’t just yank something out of your PC.

  • The key to understanding software is to know what a file is. The key to organizing files is to know what a folder is.