Quick Tricks to Speeding Up Your Mac
No matter how efficient your Mac is, it’s not invulnerable to a few hiccups now and then. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a tech wizard to whip your Mac back into shape. Here are five of the quickest ways to get your Mac back to working at top speed.
On Activity Monitor, choose ‘Quit Process’ for performance-hungry but unnecessary applications.
The Activity Monitor helps you keep track of the applications and processes that are using your computer’s CPU at any given moment. If your Mac seems a little sluggish, an application or unnecessary background process might be eating up too much of the CPU.
You can find the Activity Monitor function in your Mac’s Utilities menu. Once Activity Monitor is launched, click the ‘% CPU’ heading twice to have the list arranged in descending order. Applications that take up more than 90% should have ‘root’ under the user column. Otherwise, the application is using up too much of the CPU’s performance. Click ‘Quit Process’ to exit these applications.
Delete old, unused files from your hard drive.
Your Mac’s OS uses the hard drive to store application cache files and other temporary data. So when there’s barely any free space on your hard drive, you have to wait longer for your Mac to complete even the most minor processes.
You can find out just how much unused storage space you have by clicking the Apple menu then choosing ‘About this Mac’. Go to ‘More Info’ and then choose ‘Storage’. You should have at least 2GB of unused space on your disk. Check your stored files and delete anything that you don’t need anymore, such as old documents and downloads. If you’d rather not let go of your saved stuff, consider moving these to an external hard drive to free up disk space on your Mac.
Have fewer apps automatically launch at startup.
Annoyed by slow boot times? Your Mac might be trying to launch too many applications when it’s booting up. Consider cutting down the number of applications that start up as soon you boot up your Mac.
Fortunately, doing this should take less than ten minutes. Just head over to System Preferences, choose ‘Users & Groups’, and then click ‘Login Items’. This will show you a list of all applications that automatically launch at startup. Uncheck the applications that you don’t immediately need when you boot up your Mac.
You can easily do all these in the comfort of your own home or office. If these methods don’t do the trick of speeding up your Mac, though, you might have a hardware or software issue on your hands. Here’s where MacMall’s Mall on Call services can help you out. We have experts who can diagnose your Mac and fix all its problems for you – while you wait. Just drop by any MacMall retail store and visit our service counters to have your Mac checked.