How to Clean Up PC Clutter

By Perry Piekarski

As you use your computer more and more, you're likely to accumulate files and programs that do nothing more than take up space on your computer's hard disk and desktop. Cleaning up PC clutter in order to make your computer faster and more efficient takes a bit of time and concentration. While cleaning the clutter on your Windows PC hard disk seems like it could take ages, organizing your computer offers a number of rewards and will make your life easier in the long run.

Step 1

Delete unnecessary files from your desktop, clicking and dragging them to the desktop Recycle Bin.

Step 2

Right-click any blank area on your desktop, click "New" and select "Folder" to create a new folder for your files and documents. Type the name for the folder, keeping its name simple and related to its intended contents. Create as many folders as necessary.

Step 3

Right-click a file, folder or document and select "Rename" to give each item an easy-to-remember name.

Step 4

Click and drag files and documents on the desktop to the appropriate folders you created. Keep like files and documents together, grouping images with images, music with music, videos with videos and documents with documents.

Step 5

Click the "Start" button on the desktop to open the "Start" menu and click the "All Programs" option.

Step 6

Click the folder for any programs you no longer use and double-click the uninstall program for that file in order to remove it from your computer.

Step 7

Browse through the various folders found in the "Star"t menu (Music, Downloads, Pictures, Videos and Documents), renaming files, folders and documents when appropriate.

Step 8

Click and drag the folders from your desktop to their appropriate folders in the "Start" menu, matching like file types together.

Step 9

Type "Disk Cleanup" in the "Start" menu search bar and press "Enter" to open the Disk Cleanup prompt. Disk Cleanup is also accessed by clicking the "All Programs" option, selecting "Accessories," opening "System Tools" and choosing the Disk Cleanup icon from there.

Step 10

Select the areas of the hard disk you want cleaned and click "OK" to delete the excess files from your hard disk. If the "Recycle Bin" option is selected, this clears its contents as well.

Tips & Warnings

  • Maintain a system of organization and clean your PC regularly to help keep track of files and documents, reducing the time it takes to clean your computer.
  • Moving unused files and documents to an external memory device allows you to free up extra space on your computer's hard disk.
  • Programs can also be removed by selecting the "Programs and Features" or "Uninstall a Program" option in the Windows "Control Panel," accessed through the Windows "Start" menu.
  • Empty the Recycle Bin at any time by right-clicking its icon and selecting "Empty Recycle Bin."