Using a computer is almost inescapable nowadays, and can be really tough if you don’t know where to find all of the programs you need. One of the best things about owning your own computer is that you can manipulate the settings so that everything runs to your personal preferences. As technology has progressed, developers have become more focused than ever on making computers user friendly and customizable. Windows’ site has plenty of tips and hints to arrange your computer to your liking. You should take advantage of every control available, to make your user experience as simple and comfortable as possible. Here are a few things you can do to personalize your computer settings.
Pin Programs to the Task Bar
In most computers today, there are several ways to access the programs and applications which you need to use. There is the Start Menu, where you can find all of the programs available on your machine, but searching through the whole list can be time consuming. Then there is the desktop, where you can save an icon as a shortcut. This is a fast option, but when you are using other programs the windows you have open will probably block the desktop. The best way to get around this is to pin programs to your task bar. The task bar is at the bottom of your screen and doesn’t get blocked by windows, so anything you pin there will be easily accessible. All you have to do is right-click on a program or app and select the pin to taskbar option. And if you decide you no longer need a program on the taskbar, you can right-click it and unpin the same way.
Change the Screen Brightness
This is an option that has been around for years, and you shouldn’t overlook it when you personalize your computer settings. Many factors can affect the brightness level you need or prefer, including whether you use the computer indoors or outdoors, what kind of lighting is available, and what is comfortable for your eyes personally. Simply go into the settings menu and select the brightness option. Then you can move the level up and down until you find the setting you are looking for. It is easy to do, and you can change it according to what works best in each environment. Altering the brightness can also help you conserve power when you are working on battery power.
Create Profiles or Accounts
If you want to increase the security on your computer and save all of your personal settings in a place that can’t be altered by others, then creating a profile for yourself is the best way. Your computer will probably prompt you to create these and walk you through the steps, but you can also look up instructions to do so online. When you personalize your computer settings by putting personal profiles in place for each user in your household, there won’t be arguments about how things should be arranged, passwords can be personalized and easier to remember, and you don’t need to worry about other users tampering with your files, intentionally or accidentally.
These are great ways to personalize your computer settings and get to know your machine. If you have further questions about working with the settings on your computer, you can contact us. We would be happy to help.