Remember how fast was your Mac the first time after purchase? How did it load instantly, smoothly opening websites and apps? Over time, your Mac fills with various applications, system updates, documents, photos, and many other files that cause a slowdown effect. If you want to make a Mac as frisky as it was when you first got it out of the box – we have some useful tips for you.
- Clear the startup list
Most of the applications that you install are automatically added to the startup list and every time you turn on or restart the poppy, the system has to spend resources on starting all these applications and services. As long as there are not many of them – they do not have a significant impact on speed, but sooner or later this moment comes.
Fortunately, in OS X it is very convenient to control and regulate all this “farming”:
Open the system settings and go to the Users and groups section.
Select your account in the list on the left and open the Login Objects tab.
Carefully review the list and leave only those applications that you really need immediately after starting the system. All the rest ruthlessly remove from there by selecting and pressing the button -.
- Upgrade to the latest version of OS C
Your Mac should update on its own, but you should make sure that the computer is running on the latest OS. This can be easily verified using the Mac App Store. Just open the application and go to the Updates tab. The icon will contain the number of available updates, which you can download both together and one by one. For the future, it will not be superfluous to check and enable the function of automatically downloading and installing updates in the App Store section of the system settings.
- restore order on the disk
One of the best ways to prevent system performance is to clean up your hard disk from various files that you no longer need. The category of such files includes all kinds of logs, caches, temporary files, extensions, duplicate files and much, much more. To find and delete this file garbage, you can resort to the help of special applications or use Disk Utility.
Run Disk Utility and select your hard disk in the menu on the left.
Go to the First Aid tab and click the Check button and then Repair.
The system will start scanning and correct errors, if any are found.
After that, check your home folder and other folders on the disk for cache contents or temporary files that you no longer need. If you do not want to delve into the depths of the file system – it is better to use the profile utility.
- Checking voracious processes
If you notice a drop in performance while working behind a poppy – using System Monitoring, you can easily determine which application is eating up all the resources.
Open the System Monitoring from the Programs – Utilities folder.
Switching between the CPU and Memory tabs and looking at the running processes, we find applications that consume an excessive amount of resources.
If you find a process that consumes more than 90% (not a root process) – safely complete it using the Finish button.
- Delete unused localization files
Each poppy has a lot of unused language files. Usually we use Russian and English, while the rest of the localization with which the developers supply their applications remain on the hard disk “dead weight”. They can be removed manually (a very dreary process) or use some special application. For example, the same CleanMyMac can also do this when cleaning always, among other things, “junk”, it scans the file system, including the presence of unused language files.
- Clear the desktop
Some users prefer to store application files and shortcuts on the desktop, considering it to be very convenient. Not really. Since the system has to handle all these connections, over time, such an approach in storing and organizing your work space can adversely affect the decrease in performance and system response. Therefore, delete all unused icons and move documents and files to the appropriate folders. And better, use our guide to achieve zen desktop.
- Disable widgets
Widgets are miniature applications that reside on a dedicated desktop. You can add as many different widgets as you like, like a virtual aquarium, an interactive calendar or a convenient weather informer. While some of them solve useful tasks and help you, many simply consume resources, thereby slowing down system performance. Therefore, revise your Dashboard and disable or delete all unnecessary widgets that you do not use – this will free up memory and increase the response of the system.
All these tips are more relevant for owners of old Macs or machines with insufficient RAM. The effect of slowing down on newer computers will be almost imperceptible or noticeable already at the most advanced stages (monitoring tools). However, in any case, prevention and restoring order has never disturbed anyone.