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How to clean up your PC

Spring-clean your system inside and out

11. Download and install a free photo manager, such as Magix Photo Manager 8.0. This will help you keep a track of your digital photos. Some programs embed keywords, tags and ratings into images for faster and easier file searching.

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12. Now clear out your inbox. Scan through your mail and delete anything you don't need. Those that you want to keep should be archived into folders. If you've got any emails with large attachments, it's a good idea to save the attachment to your hard disk. In Outlook, it's possible to save the attachment but separate it from the message.

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13. Consider installing an indexing application, such as Microsoft Desktop Search or Google Desktop Search. These free apps keep tabs on the files on your system and provide an easy-to-use search function, allowing you to retrieve relevant files in moments.

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14. Before you delete anything from your machine, it's important to back up the data. A USB flash drive is fine as a temporary measure, but you should archive to DVD or an external hard drive for permanent backups. You can then begin deleting files, safe in the knowledge that if you make a mistake, all is not lost.

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