I'm worse than my grandmother when it comes to computers. So I got a Mac as my friends who know me and know a bit about PCs said I'd fair better with a Mac. They were right and I love my Mac Book Air.
But I noticed over the last couple of days that everything was running a LOT slower and that my Microsoft Excel & Powerpoint each crashed twice (which otherwise NEVER happens -- have owned it for 2 years).
In trying to clean up some files, I foolishly deleted swapfiles, as I was worried I had downloaded some mega files (6 files, each over 1 Gb!) from the internet (although I am cautious when it comes to downloading anything!).
Of course only after the fact did I poke around on some forums and saw that these files seem pretty important to the running of the system.
How can I get them Back? Will they just come back once I start using my Mac again? I also have a Time Machine backup, so should I look there? I"d rather avoide re-booting everything if possible.
FOLLOW-UP: Thanks for the answers below! I will INDEED be more cautious in the future! Real quick: re-boot is the same as re-start, correct? I hope it is, because I'm not sure if I have all the software to re-install everything. Please let me know; thanks again!
2nd FOLLOW UP: If I have to re-boot, do you think a safe boot would suffice? Would that mean I could avoid having to re-install software, e.g., Word & Powerpoint?
3rd FOLLOW-UP: If the swap files again get SO big, will re-starting the computer clear them?
Apologies that my questions are sort of pathetic -- I probably shouldn't be allowed to touch a computer ;-)