How much money should I spend on a Windows computer?

$200-$500 – This computer will allow you to browse the web, write documents, check email, and do other light online activities. You can do some light photo editing on it, but you will notice the lack of performance and will be limited by the small hard drive. This computer can last you as long as a more expensive computer, but after a 1-2 years, you will notice an overall slowdown.

$500-$900 – This is a sweet spot between performance, affordability, and longevity. It can handle everyday things like online browsing, emails, and word docs, as well as more graphic intensive applications like editing photos without much of a drop in performance. This computer will most likely last you 3-5 years before you notice any type of slow down. And even then, you’ll notice a smaller drop in speed vs the cheaper computer above. This is also a price point where you might find more expensive computers on sale ($1000 computer on sale for $800).

$900+ – More money spent means more performance, more longevity, and more hard drive space. This computer should set you up to have a very fast computer for at least 5-6 years, if not longer (depending on what you buy and what you want to do with it), and then when it might start slowing down, it will be even less noticeable than the medium priced computers. This computer should be able to handle anything you throw at it (media editing, online use, graphic programs, etc).

Additional Info

Laptop vs Desktop – Generally, laptops are more expensive for similar performance as their desktop counterparts, but allow for mobility. Laptops can also be hooked up to a separate keyboard, mouse, and screen if you wanted to use it both as a desktop computer and laptop.

Sales – If you’re looking to purchase a new computer, and don’t need one immediately, keep an eye out for sales during holidays and nationwide events. The Superbowl, Black Friday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, July 4th, Labor Day are just some of the dates you will see computer deals.

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Apple Trackpad Help

To learn more about how to use your Apple Trackpad on your laptop, you can view Apples built in guide located in your computers System Preferences menu.

Navigate to Trackpad menu

  1. Click on the “System Preferences” icon
    • You can find the icon in your Dock1 (bottom of your screen). If not, click the Launchpad2 icon (also in the dock) to view all your application icons
  2. Click on the “Trackpad” icon in the System Preferences menu3

Trackpad Guide

Here you will find different types of options for your Trackpad. Each option is shown along side a small “how to” video. To view the video example for each option all you need to do is move your cursor over the option (no clicking) and the video example will play (on repeat)


  1. Dock – The bar at the bottom of your screen that has application icons
  2. Launchpad – A built in app that allows you to view all applications currently install on your computer. Usually located in your dock.
  3. System Preferences Menu – This is all the settings and options for your computer and iCloud are located. To view a category, click on the icon you want to view. If you cannot find what you’re looking for, you can type use the search tool in the top right of the system preferences window and the computer will highlight options that should be what you’re looking for.

Deleting Photos on an iPhone

Delete a single photo

  1. Open photos app on iPhone
  2. Find the photo you want to delete
  3. Click on the photo you want to delete
  4. Click the trashcan icon at the bottom right corner of the screen
  5. The photo is now deleted

Deleting multiple photos

  1. Open photos app on iPhone
  2. Find the photos you want to delete
  3. Click the “Select” option in the top right corner of your screen 
  4. Then click on the all the photos you want to delete (a blue check mark will appear when selected)
  5. When all photos you want deleted are selected, click the trash can icon at the bottom right corner of the screen
  6. The photos are now deleted

Recover deleted photo(s)

Deleted photos will be saved in the “Recently Deleted” folder for 30 days, then they will be automatically deleted.  They can be restored with these steps

  1. Open photos app
  2. Click on “Albums” at the bottom of the screen
  3. Scroll all the way down to find the “Recently Deleted” option under “Utilities”
  4. Click Recently Deleted
  5. Click “Select” at the top right of the screen
  6. Click on all photos you want restored
  7. When all photos are selected, click “Recover” at the bottom right of the screen
  8. Your photos will now be back in your library

Exporting photo(s) to attach on a Mac


  1. Open the Photos app on your Mac
  2. Find the photo(s) you want
  3. Single Click, Hold and Drag the photo onto your Desktop1 then release the mouse/track pad
  4. Your Photo is now on the Desktop
    • To export multiple photos repeat steps 1-4 as needed


  1. Open website, email, or document you want to attach photos to
  2. Click Attach (usually a paperclip icon)
  3. A Finder2 window will open, click on Desktop on the left side panel of the window
  4. Find the photo(s) (names or thumbnails3) you want to attach
  5. Click on the photo, then click Attach or Upload in the bottom right of the Finder window
  6. Your photo is now attached
    • To attach multiple photos, repeat steps 1-5 as needed

  1. Desktop – The background screen you see when your computer turns on.
  2. Finder – This is the window & program you see and use when you browse your files on your computer.
  3. Thumbnail – A small icon of an image. Can be seen depending on finder viewing settings