There are a number of reasons why your QuickBooks may be "running slow", but here is one reason for it - the hard drive where the QuickBooks data file resides needs to be cleaned up (or "defragged" in geek-speak).
Envision your paper filing cabinets - they get out of order and disorganized over time as you add more information to the cabinets and take information out. Your computer hard drive is no different - it gets disorganized too. If it does, it does not run with optimal speed and may be slowing you down.
The process of "defragging" is easy - on the computer where your QuickBooks data file is located, click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter. A screen like this will appear:
Just click on the Defragment button and let your computer get to work cleaning itself up.
It is best if you run this defragmenting process overnight or while you are away from your computer for a while so it can have exclusive access to your hard drive.
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