For most Mac users a MacBook without junk also means a fast and efficient Mac. Keeping it clean not only ensures a good performance but also prolongs its life.
There are many reasons why your MacBook might be slow. Many of them depend on the fact your computer’s being used. One good way is to upgrade your RAM.
Mac OS X usually uses up to 512 RAM but if you’re running several other memory-consuming tools, you might need a 1 or 2 GB RAM or even more. Such an upgrade can be quite expensive and before you invest in a RAM upgrade make sure to read the following best practices to increase your Mac’s speed.
One reason your Mac may run slow is concerned with the fact that a lot of applications and tools which you don’t use are still running and consuming a lot of Mac’s processing memory. Now it’s a good time to erase or consolidate some of those resources you do not need.
Start with your desktop where the beautiful wallpaper is almost invisible behind the array of icons and documents. Create a new folder and drag all items into the new folder. This is worth doing because desktop icons and folders also use processing memory. Moreover, turn off some of the features you don’t need. It might be animations, effects or scrolling bars.
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Another way to clean your Mac’s memory is to close unused applications. The applications running simultaneously can bring down the performance, even if you have a sizeable RAM upgrade. Watch this video to learn something new about it.
A good practice is to restart your computer regularly. Sometimes a simple restart can solve the most common performance issues.
An essential step in cleaning your Mac would be removing unnecessary startup items. Navigate to Apple Menu, then click on System Preferences, head on to Users & Groups, then to Login Items and opt to Hide any applications that you don’t need at startup. Make sure you do not delete anything that is critical to your Mac’s performance.
Update your System Preferences further. If you don’t use tools such as Universal Access, Bluetooth, Speech Recognition, keep them turned off until you need them again. Turning off unused applications will save you a lot of memory space. Remove unused languages and translations too.
Do you need all those widgets you have in Dashboard? Keep the ones you need on your Mac OS X Dashboard and disable the ones that you do not need. Thus, you will save both your RAM and your processor energy.
Keep your Mac cool: if you have MacBook, watch out that its fan isn’t hot. Your MacBook will slow down when the processor heats up. The Fan Control utility allows you to change the threshold for turning the MacBook’s fan on and off. With a cool processor, you can maximize performance, though this might shorten your battery’s life a bit.
Make regular use of Apple’s Activity Monitor to optimize processor power. Using this, you can monitor CPU usage, RAM requirements, energy, and virtual memory usage.
If you have some free time or perhaps when you are traveling, browse through all the files you have on your hard drive. Countless files, folders, data, apps, and software that you didn’t even know that you had. Get lost inside your computer, taking up valuable space and causing your whole computer to slow down. The most reliable way to sift through them is to go one by one and drag the files you no longer need to Trash. Remember to empty the Trash bin after you are all set.
Make sure as well that you have the latest version of all apps on your Mac, including the operating system. For more tips, visit this guide.
It is common knowledge that your Mac’s performance may drop off at some point. Just like humans, the older a machine gets the slower it becomes. Buying a new machine will cost a lot of money. Perform the optimization tasks outlined in this article and your Mac might just perform like a brand new machine.