Over the years, I have accumulated a few useful practices in working with my Vista laptop either for me to be able to work faster or to protect my computer from any trouble that could render it unusable. These practices have worked for me well and maybe for you too if you want to try them. Here are some tips for working quickly with and at the same time taking good care of your Vista computer.
Wait Until Hard Disk is Not Busy Before Starting Work
I have frequently noticed that my Vista laptop's hard disk gets busy for a few minutes after starting the computer or after I logon to the Vista operating system. Perhaps the anti-virus program or maybe the indexing program is working or whatever it is that Windows wanted to take care of before I start using iit. I usually let the hard disk do its work first before starting to work on my Vista laptop. This is to make sure that my hard disk does not unnecessarily work too hard to its own detriment. Too much workload may unwittingly cause damage to the disks that are spinning inside so I stop from doing anything for a little while and wait until the hard disk busy light turns off. This will hopefully extend the useful life of my hard disk.
Open Frequently Used Files Automatically at Boot Up
Don't you get bored with doing the same thing over and over again after you have logged on to your Vista computer? Perhaps you have a spreadsheet that contains important data and that needs to always be open so that you can refer to it every now and then. You can make this file open automatically whenever you turn on your Vista computer by making a shortcut pointing to them on the Startup folder of your laptop.
Open your Windows Explorer and look for the file that you use as reference while you're working on your laptop, right click the file and click on Copy. Close your Windows Explorer window and search for Startup on the search space immediately above the Vista button when you click it. Click on Search Everywhere so Windows could find the file that you're looking for. Look for C:\Users\Your Logon Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu and double click it. Right click anywhere on the right panel of the Windows Explorer window and click on Paste Shortcut. Close your Windows Explorer window. Now, every time that you logon to your Vista computer, the file will automatically open so you save on time and you avoid getting bored with doing the same activity again and again.
Have a Notepad Copy of User Names and Passwords for Favorite Sites
If you regularly visit a number of websites and you're not using Facebook or Google to logon to those sites, you have to memorize the user names and passwords that you're using to logon to those sites. You might not want either for your browser to memorize those user names and passwords because it would not be safe if someone else is using your laptop. What you can do is to type these user names and passwords in your Notepad and save the file to an external media like a USB pen drive or SD card. Now whenever you want to visit those sites, just open the Notepad file and copy and paste the user name and password whenever you visit those websites. By doing this, you save a lot of time and your passwords are relatively safe because they are not saved on your hard disk. Now if someone else will be using your laptop, don't forget to remove the removable disk from the laptop.
Use the Title of the Document as File Name
You might be creating a lot of files in your computer and maybe you're having a hard time looking for a particular file because you have forgotten the file name that you have used in saving the file. It will be a good practice for you to use the title of the document when saving the file to your hard disk. When you're ready to save the file, just copy the title and paste it on the Save As window of your Vista laptop. Now, when you look at your file list in your Windows Explorer, you will be more sure of what each of the document shown there contains because you can deduce it from the file names listed. Thus, you may save some time in looking for the right document.
Put Frequently Used File on Top of the List
When looking for files in your Windows Explorer window, you may want one particular file to be shown on top of the list so you don't have to scroll down to find it. This may be a file that you refer to frequently so you want to easily find it when you need it. In your Windows Explorer, look for the file and right click its file name. Click on Rename and put a special character like a # or an @ in front of the file name. Now, whenever you open that folder in Windows Explorer, that particular file will always be on top of the file list.
Remove Deleted Files from Recycle Bin At Once
When you delete files from your Vista computer, make sure that you remove it from the Recycle Bin at once. This is to make sure that the space the file is using becomes available for the next file that is to be saved. This is one way of ensuring that your hard disk does not become too fragmented. When you delete a file, it is not really deleted but only moved to the Recycle Bin folder. It remains there until you empty your Recycle Bin. Hence, disk space is wasted for a file that you no longer needs. So make it a habit to remove a deleted file from the Recycle Bin immediately after it is deleted.
Read an article on how to ensure that you can easily restore your Gateway Vista laptop after a hard disk crash at: http://laptopwriting.blogspot.com/2011/03/ensure-that-you-can-easily-restore-your.html.
Read my other article on troubleshooting Vista connection problems in a wireless home environment at: http://publishtoweb.blogspot.com/2012/01/troubleshooting-vista-connection.html.