A Very useful tip. Please try this and use RAM efficiently.Now this is called a tip of the year! While working with the Task Manager I observed the following. You can also try it out. 1.Start any application, say Word. Open some large documents.2.Now start the Task Manager processor tab and sort the list in descending order on Memory Usage. You will notice that Winword.exe will be somewhere at the top, using multiple MBs of memory. Note down the number. 3.Now switch to Word and simply minimise it. (Do not use the Minimize All option of the task bar).4. Now go back to the Task Manager and see where Winword.exe is listed. Most probably you will not find it at the top. You will typically have to Scroll to the bottom of the list to find Word. Now check out the amount of RAM it is using. Compare it with the original. Surprised? The memory utilisation has reduced by a huge amount.5.So where is the tip of the year? Simple? Minimise each application that you are currently not working on by clicking on the Minimize button, andyou can increase the amount of available RAM by a substantial margin. Depending upon the number and type of applications you use together, the difference can be as much as 50 percent of extra RAM?and all this is free of cost!

It is nothing unexpected actually. In any multitasking system, minimizing an application means that it won’t be utilised by the user right now. Therefore, the OS automatically makes the application use virtual memory and keeps bare minimum amounts of the code in physical RAM. I am sure it would work exactly the same way even in earlier versions of Windows (and any other multitasking system).

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