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.

  • The Help key in Windows and in most other programs is F1.

  • There is no Help key to remind you that the Help key is the F1 key.

  • Always save your stuff. Save when you first create something, save as you go along, save when you stand up to take a break, and save before you quit your programs.

  • Delete only the files or folders that you created yourself.

  • You can delete a shortcut file; doing so doesn’t delete the original.

  • When you mess up, immediately press Ctrl+Z, the Undo keyboard command. That should rectify whatever transgression you just committed.

  • If you need to open the computer console, unplug it first. No one wants to be electrocuted while trying to fix their PC. It makes a terrible obituary.

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

  • Get used to working with the mouse by playing computer games, especially card games.

  • Get used to avoiding work on the computer by playing computer games, especially card games.

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

  • 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.

  • When e-mailing a graphical image, be sure to save or convert the image to the JPG or PNG file format.