Ten tips to speed up your Mac

“My Mac has slowed down. How do I speed up my Mac? ” is one of the most frequent problems to encounter. We will give you some suggestions to speed up your Mac.

1 Clean your hard drive

OS X needs some free space to organize its files; we advise around 10 percent of your hard drive space, or at least 10GB.

Check the available disk space by clicking Go -> Computer from the Finder menu bar, selecting the icon for your main hard disk and choosing File-> Get Info. Available space is listed in the status bar. If you don’t have at least 10GB free, it’s time to delete your old files and empty the Trash.

2 Reduce login items

If your Mac is slow to boot up, the problem may be it simply has too many applications to open that it can’t load the OS in a timely fashion. Many applications by default open automatically at startup. Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups and then click on the Login Items tab to see a list of the apps that open when you boot your Mac.

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3 Shutdown unwanted apps

If you have too many programs running at once your Mac may find memory and CPU space being devoted to them instead of the apps you want. Right-click on programs in the Dock and choose Quit, or press Command-Tab to bring up the App Switcher and press Command-Q to quit unused programs.
If you’re worried about performance you should make sure you can see which apps are running. Open System Preferences and click Dock ensure that there is a check next to Show Indiciator Lights for Open Applications.

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4 Monitor energy usage

Check your app’s eneger usage by clicking the battery icon in the menu bar on  a MacBook. In Activity Monitor, you can see which apps are using the most processing power. Click the Energy tab and then sort the Energy impact column to see wich apps are using the most power ober time.

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5 Uninstall Flash

Flash is a resource hog and drains your battery. A good trick is to uninstall Flash. You can find a Flash uninstaller at adobe.ly/1P9sdfw.

6 Turn off visual effect

Turning off visual effects such as transparency can deliver incremental but important performance fains. In System Preferences -> Accessibility, turn on Reduce transparency.

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7 Fully shut down

Macbooks that start up slowly may not have been fully shut down the last time. This can happen if you closed the lid of your MacBook before the shutdown process finished.

After following these tips, you should find your MacBook runs much faster than before.

8 Update your Mac’s software

The latest security patches are essential to keeping your Mac running well, and Apple is pretty good about optimizing new releases for better performance. Click the Apple icon in the upper-left corner of you display and select App Store to head to the App Store.

Next, select Updates at the top and click the Update All button.  The process will update MacOS and most of your apps, ensuring they take advantage of the most recent security patches and optimizations.

9 Do a quick malware scan

The whole “Macs don’t get viruses” thing is a myth. While it’s true that MacOS has certain security advantages because the vast majority of malware targets Windows users, Macs are still prone to the occasional intruder.

There are tons of free options designed to keep you safe, from around-the-clock scanners to one-time tools.

10 Disable the Dashboard

When was the last time you used the Dashboard? Exactly. It was fun back in 2005, but in 2016, a collection of widgets that take up the entire screen just amounts to unnecessary clutter. Head to System Preferences, then click the Mission Controlicon.

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If you still love the Dashboard, sorry for what I said earlier. Also, consider disabling any widgets you don’t actually use, because they’re slowing you down ever so slightly.

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