11 spring cleaning tips for your PC or Mac 11 spring cleaning tips for your PC or MacIs your PC running out of hard drive space? Has it been ages since you backed up your Mac? Ready to declutter your desktop? Get your system back under control with these 11 tips and how-tos.

1. Back up your Windows PC

Windows 7 boasts an easy-to-use utility that’ll regularly backup your personal documents, media, settings, and other data. Read more…

2. Back up your Mac with Time Machine

Having a recent backup of your entire system will save you the heartache of a failed hard drive or a stolen computer—and the good news for Mac users is that Apple’s own backup utility, called Time Machine, couldn’t be easier to set up and use. Read more…

3. Stop programs from launching the instant you turn on your Mac

Want to shave a few seconds—or even minutes—off the time it takes for your Mac desktop to settle down after hitting the power button? Read more…

4. Protect your Windows PC from viruses

With just a few clicks, you can have virus protection up and running on your Windows system in about five minutes—and it won’t cost you a dime. Read more…

5. Customize the Mac desktop dock

You can expand, shrink, move, and otherwise tweak the Mac’s handy desktop dock in just a few clicks, as well as rearrange, add, or zap any app, folder, or file icon. Read on for a half-dozen ways to make the Mac desktop dock your own. Read more…

6. Clean junk files off your Windows PC

A quick way to clear some hard drive space is to haul out the junk—that is, temporary files, old program setup files, cached thumbnails, and other bits of digital detritus that pile up over time. Read more…

7. Customize the Windows taskbar

Don’t want the Windows taskbar at the bottom of your desktop? Wish it were smaller, or even gone? Read on for 5 ways to make the taskbar do what you want. Read more…

8. Give your Mac desktop icons a makeover

Got a jumble of icons cluttering your Mac’s desktop? Are the icons themselves too big—or too small? Wish they would just arrange themselves? Here’s six ways to whip your desktop icons into shape. Read more…

9. Take charge of the Windows Start menu

Frustrated whenever your favorite program slides off the Start menu? Wish you could make the Start menu icons a tiny bit smaller? And what about swapping the “Shut down” button with, say, “Restart”? Get ready for six of my favorite Start menu tweaks. Read more…

10. Set your Mac to check for updates automatically

Your Mac will run better over time if you update its system software on a regular basis—think weekly rather than monthly (or yearly). Read more…

11. 5 essential makeover tips for your Windows desktop

From changing your background theme to giving your mouse cursor a new look, check out five great ways to add some flair to your Windows desktop. Read more…

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