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Tips for Creating Slideshows that Will Wow Your Audience

Creating a slideshow can be both fun and exhausting. Slideshows are great for school projects, project presentations at work, and even as advertisements. The difficulty and time factors will depend on the complexity, for example, if you want to add pictures or video. To help you streamline the process, follow our tips for creating your slideshow.

Keep your slides simple. They should be a guide for your audience to follow, but you and your audience should remain the focus. Avoid making slides overly complicated.

Use fewer bullet points and text. Again, your slides should only assist the audience to follow your presentation. Using too much text or bullet points will have little benefit to someone who wants a summary or point to pick where they lost you. Slides without text or very little text are often more successful than ones overloaded with text.

Use graphics that are high-quality. Take your own pictures with a digital camera instead of using overused clipart or low pixel pictures that you stretch to fit your slide. It is easy to use online photos (be careful about copyright issues) or just taking your own. Most smartphones take pretty good photos.

Use charts. Charts are a good way to present a summary of data. Avoid including too much information on your slide, but use charts that are relevant and appropriate. Pie charts are used to show percentages. Vertical bar charts present changes over time. Line charts demonstrate trends.

Use color. Color is emotional and it evokes feelings. It is also eye-catching. Use color to your advantage by doing research on what different colors bring out in people. This will help you reach your audience, get them on your side, and get them to buy your product.

Use fonts, visuals, video, and audio effectively with all of the above and you will have a winning slideshow. Remember to keep it simple and rather have a summary document to hand out than your slides printout. Without you, the slides are not as valuable.

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5 Simple Tips for Maintaining Your PC to Keep It Running Properly

The amount of maintenance that your computer needs will depend on how often you use it. If you use it for several hours a day every day, you should follow our simple 5-step plan every 3 months. If you only use your computer once or twice a week, you can do it less frequently. These steps will help your computer to run better. If it is starting to perform slowly or poorly, try these steps before buying a new one.

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1. Uninstall unused programs

If you haven’t used a program in 6 months, uninstall it from your computer. This will free up space and allow your computer to work more efficiently. It is a simple process that you can do from your Control Panel.

Control Panel – Programs and Features – Click on the program and choose ‘Uninstall’.

2. Delete temporary and unnecessary files

When you visit sites online, your computer saves information to make it easier to load next time you go there. This adds temporary files that use up space. Delete these files to free up space and allow your computer to run faster.

Computer – My Computer – Right click on C Drive – Select Properties – Click on Disk Cleanup – Select All Users.

3. Only keep the most recent system restore

You can free up space by removing all but the last or most recent restore point. This process may take a while. This is also part of the Disk Cleanup route as indicated in number 3.

4. Defrag your computer

When you save data on your computer, it is saved in disk blocks. If the data cannot be stored in adjacent blocks, it gets fragmented. This means that a single photo can be stored over 5000 disk blocks. It obviously takes longer to retrieve and open when it is fragmented. To sort this out, defrag your computer.

Properties – Tools – Defrag Now.

5. Scan for viruses and spyware

Once you have cleaned up your PC and freed up some space, scan your computer for viruses and spyware.

 

These 5 simple steps should be done every few months to keep your PC working at its best.

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Everything You Want to Know About Computer Operating Systems

You might have heard the words ‘operating system’ in general conversation, but have no idea what it is. Or maybe you know that your computer uses an operating system, but you don’t actually know what it does. Today, we are going to clear this up for you.

What is an operating system?

Computers, cell phones, video game systems, eBook readers and other such devices all work with an operating system. The operating system or OS tells the computer what to do and how to do it. It controls and runs all the other parts of the computer like the processor, memory, etc. The OS is what makes it possible for us to work on it without having to know all the components and programming.

What does an OS do?

The OS is in charge of the computer’s resources. In other words, it makes sure that every application that is running, receives the necessary resources to work properly.

Processor management – The OS has to divide the processor’s time between the different applications and processes that run at the same time.

Memory storage and management – The OS has to make sure that every process has enough RAM to do its work. It has to manage the different types of memory and disk space.

Device management – The OS also manages other devices, like printers and scanners, that are connected to the computer. It monitors and manages the input and output processes.

User interface – This is the part of the OS that you can see as the user. It is the way that we as users interact with the applications on the computer.

Which operating systems are there?

Windows – This is the most widely known and used OS and was introduced by the Microsoft Corporation in 1985. The current versions in use include Vista, XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

Mac OS – This operating system is specifically designed for Apple computers. It is still a bit behind the Windows OS but keeps improving.

Unix and Linux – This OS was designed mainly for programmers and many find it difficult to use. However, more and more people are choosing to use Linux as their OS.

Now you have the basics on operating systems. We hope that understanding your computer better helps you treat it better.