To many, a computer is intimidating. You might use it for typing a letter or strictly doing email, but if you are the only one that uses it, it is your responsibility to keep it working. If you rely on your computer for many things, such as email, then you should follow these instructions:
NOTE: Most tips only apply to a Windows machine.
1) Mouse. Clean your mouse. Sure, this peripheral is a relatively cheap item, but it can be devastating when you need it and it all of a sudden it doesn’t work! If you have an optical mouse, a mouse that uses light rather than a ball and wheels, disregard these instructions.
To clean your mouse look under it and you should see the ball toward the middle of it. There is a circular thing around the ball that should have instructions to rotate it one way or another. Then, look inside and notice a few wheels, usually, one at the top and another to the side. If you notice black stuff, dirt, on the wheel, you should use a toothpick or something small and skinny to scrape the dirty away. Immediately you should notice smoother movement of the mouse.
2) Keyboard. Most keyboards have little crevices between the keys. All kinds of things can find its way between the keys. For some of the stuff, simply lifting the keyboard upside down and shaking can result in a lot of the stuff falling out. What I suggest is getting a can of compressed air or similar product and blow out what ever might be in the keyboard. This should result in a better working keyboard.
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