You know the saying: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong." This common phrase, also known as Murphy's Law, is especially true of computers and technology in general. Over the years, IT professionals who deploy, manage, and maintain computer networks and infrastructure in workplaces around the world — have seen it all. After all, one of the IT department's major responsibilities is helping troubleshoot computer problems around the office. Thankfully, many tech issues can be avoided if users understand computer fundamentals and a few tricks of the trade. The following computer tips below can help users avoid computer calamities.
Have you tried turning it off and on again? If an application starts acting up, or your computer starts running slowly, there might be a quick fix. By taking a minute of your time to reboot your computer, you can start over fresh. Consider rebooting a second chance for your machine to forget everything that's troubling it, regroup, and get its act together. What's more, recent patches or updates might not take effect until you restart your computer — so if your machine recommends a reboot, you should. Heck, before writing this, I fixed a Wi-Fi issue by rebooting my smartphone. It really works.
When you log off of your machine, you're simply signing out of the system so that someone else can sign in. To get the full benefits of a full restart, you'll either need to shut down (turn your computer off and on again) or reboot the machine.
The power button on a monitor only turns off the screen without restarting the computer. While you're smart and know this already, some people get confused.
When you press Ctrl+Alt+Del after log in, you can do things such as change your password; run the task manager (which lets you know what's running on your computer); or log off.
If your password doesn't seem to work for some reason, no matter what you do, it might be because you're entering it in all capital letters, thanks to caps lock. And if you use the numbers in your password, make sure that num lock is on the correct setting.
The IT department needs more information than "the system is down." Tell them exactly what's wrong and they'll be able to help you more quickly. However, a vague description of the problem will lead to unnecessary delays.
Especially on communications sent to large groups of people — for example, the entire company or college — don't feel the need to reply to everyone. This will needlessly generate a lot of extra data that will clog up / slow down the mail server for everyone else. Besides, unless you're the Boss, it's unlikely that everyone wants to hear what you have to say.
The only thing trying to send an email that many times will do ... is frustrate you. Address the underlying issue first (perhaps your computer isn't connected to the network?) before trying to send again, and again, and again.
Similarly, trying to send a print command 10 times likely won't do anything good, but it might give you 10 copies of the same thing when the issue is finally resolved.
Having a happy finger might unexpectedly cause 50 windows to pop up once your computer decides to start responding again.
The internet is an amazing resource at your fingertips. If you don't understand an error message or know how to do something on your computer, there's a high probability that someone has written about it or even made a step-by-step instructional video about it. Also, manuals and documentation for most products can be found online.
Computers at college should be treated differently from your home computer. We have to worry about hackers, malware, legal issues, and ensuring there's enough bandwidth for everyone to work. (Your excessive video streaming really slows down the network.) IT sets up firewalls, filtering software, and puts restrictions in place for a reason — to keep everyone safe, keep the you and college out of trouble, and to ensure that everyone can do their work.
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