With spring in the air, it's time to start think-ing about giving your home office--and your PC--a thorough cleaning. Regularly cleaning your PC's components can make them per-form better in the long run and help prevent problems caused by ill-working equipment. So check out these pointers for keeping your PC running in tiptop shape:
*Component cases: Brush any dust off the out-side of your CPU case and keyboard to keep them clean. Also, use an anti-static cleaning spray on your monitor so it's easier to read.
*CPU: Take off the case and blow compressed air into any parts where dust might have settled; this is an important way to keep all parts running smoothly.
*Keyboard: Turn your keyboard upside down over a trash can and shake it gently to loosen any grit inside. A can of compressed air can make this task a little easier.
*Mouse: Remove the cover that holds the mouse's ball in place. Use compressed air (or your finger) to remove grime on the mouse ball and inside the compartment, paying special attention to the rollers.
*Hard drive: A little hard-drive maintenance is always a good idea. Without going too crazy, delete any unwanted files (steering clear of those with names ending in .dll, .exe and .ini). Make archive copies of files you don't want cluttering up your computer.