Computer Tips For Writers

Sure, everyone uses a computer to write now. Despite that, many writers remain technologically-challenged, knowing next to nothing about the technology that helps them get their work done. While you don’t need a technical diploma to be able to work your machine properly, it does pay to know a few basic things that can make your job easier.

Shopping for a Computer

When picking a machine to buy, always consider what you will be using it for.

    • If you need a computer for use in the home or office, a desktop might do.
  • If you need one that you can use on the road (many writers write during travel), then you’ll need a laptop. If your budget is a little tight and you don’t require running any heavy graphics programs (like Photoshop), even a netbook can fit the bill.

What software will you be using on it?

    • What platforms is the software available on? Remember, some applications run exclusively on one OS. If your software only works on Mac or Windows or Linux, you’ll have to know, so you can pick the right machine.
  • Most document editing, language tools and computer-based writing checkers can work on moderately-configured machines, so even an underpowered computer can do the job.

Using Software

What kinds of software do you need to keep your work machine in tip-top condition, apart from helping you perform your job well?

At the bare minimum, you need a document editor (free ones like Abi Word or Open Office will do).

Writing-centered applications, such as grammar checkers, a desktop thesaurus, script editors and more.

Computer Tips For Amateurs

Many people often try to find affordable solutions to poor performance computers. If the trouble is because of the hardware, then it has to be replaced. If something is bad with the software, then there is no need to find affordable solutions. The only solutions available are free of cost. Is your computer slow too? If you are sure that there is nothing wrong with your hardware and are seeking what could possible be wrong, then I suggest you read on.

It is true that in many cases, even if software is corrupt, professional help has to be taken and is the only way out. However, most of the cases demand attention only from the user side and along with that few clear concepts about file storage and access methods of computers. There are not many people who do not know what viruses are. Alright, not every person knows exactly what they are and how they are introduced in a computer system but still their attack can be known easily. Maybe the reason for this is because everyone installs an anti-virus program to help protect their computers. These tools can be efficient, no doubts, but are they enough? I mean what if viruses are not the sole problem with the computer?

Without going into the depths of computers, a person should know that not all viruses cause a system slowdown. They may affect its performance but only up to a certain extent. There may be problems with your registry, memory blocks or anything of that sort. If you are not fully aware of what is being discussed here, then perhaps you should seek advice from a professional or from someone who knows computers well. Do not try your hands unnecessarily. You may end up doing more damage than good.