How to speed up your Mac

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Speed up your Mac

7 easy to implement tips to speed up your Mac.


1. Manage start up items

If you have too many applications that open when you turn on your computer this will slow down your Mac.

To stop applications opening at start up go to:

System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items

Here you will be able to see a list of applications that open when you switch on your Mac. Uncheck the applications you don’t need to run at start up to speed up your Mac


2. Clean up your hard drive

There are almost always files and applications on your Mac that you don’t need. Mac’s built-in Disk Utility will allow you to clean up your hard drive. Here ‘s how:

  1. Open Disk Utility
  2. Click on your hard drive in the panel on the left
  3. Click the First Aid tab
  4. Click Repair Disk

This will run a scan of your Mac and make any repairs

Songs and photos often take up a lot of space on your Mac. Consider exporting them to an external drive to free up space and speed up your Mac.

Delete any applications you don’t need by dragging them to the trash. Also clear your downloads folder. Deleting applications by dragging them to trash will leave some old files. So consider an uninstall program either free or paid to clear space on your Mac.


3. Activity Monitor

Open the activity monitor on your Mac to view what programs are using the most memory. You might find that there are some programs using a lot of data that don’t need to be running all the time.


4. Clear your desktop

By reducing the number of items on your desktop you can speed up your Mac. This is because the desktop is the first screen to load and icons require more resources to load. Delete these files or put them into folders.


5. Update your hardware

Updating your Mac’s OS will ensure you have the latest features and ensure your Mac is running at its optimum.

To update your OS go to the Mac App store and switch to the ‘Updates’ tab.


6. Run an anti-virus

Mac’s are less susceptible to viruses than PC’s but that doesn’t mean they don’t get them at all. We all know that Trojans, worms and viruses slow down a computer’s performance. An anti-virus will identify any nasty items and remove them, significantly boosting the speed of your Mac.


7. Add RAM

One of the easiest ways to speed up your Mac is to add more memory!

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Via: cnet; hongkiat; digitaltrends; wikihow

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