Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 1, 2017
Streamline your computer files, adjust monitor’s night settings

With the new Creator Update for Windows 10, comes a very helpful feature in helping to keep your computer tuned up and running better. This feature removes unneeded files, which will also help free up precious hard disk space.

We all know that when we surf the Internet, update Windows and install/uninstall programs, useless files are left on our computer that can be removed and in doing so, may help to speed up the performance of our computer.

To enable this feature, from the desktop, click the Start button and then click “Settings.” Next, click “System” and then to the left, click “Storage.”

You’ll notice a graph that indicates how much space you have available on your system. Click the graph and it will give a breakdown of what type of data occupies your drive(s). Scroll down to the bottom and click “Temporary files.”

I recommend you place a checkmark in the box next to “Temporary files.” You can checkmark the other boxes, but first, you should look at the folders to make certain there are no files you want to keep.

For example, open your recycle bin to see if it is all right to delete all the files you have discarded. You should also look in your downloads folder to see if you want to keep any of those files. Keep in mind, that if you need to reinstall a program you have downloaded, you may want to keep the file in your downloads folder to help facilitate this. And lastly, if you checkmark “Previous versions of Windows,” you will not be able to roll your computer back to the previous version. In most cases, it is okay to checkmark this box.

Once you enable Night Shift, the display on your Mac will adjust its colors so it uses less blue light and instead uses what Apple states is: “the warmer end of the spectrum.” Turn on this feature to see if it is something you prefer. During daytime, your Mac will go back to using more blue light.

Open System Preferences through the Apple menu and select Displays. Select the Night Shift tab near the top of the box. To enable, select Sunset to Sunrise from the Schedule drop-down menu.

There are three statements Apple includes with Night Shift: 1. “This may help you get a better night’s sleep,” 2. “Night Shift does not apply to connected televisions or projectors” and 3. “Warmer settings may affect the appearance of some onscreen motion.” If you use “connect an additional monitor,” Night Shift will only be available on your primary display.

Give Night Shift a try and if you don’t like it, you can easily go back and disable the feature.

Once you have made your selections, you should click the “Remove files” button to initiate this procedure to begin right now. After it runs, you can close the window by clicking the “X” at the top-right.

Come back here often and use this to help improve the performance of your computer and to free up hard disk space.

For 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped tens of thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 400 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at

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