How to Optimize Your Mac
It is not uncommon for computer systems to slow down over time. The cause
of diminished speed can be malicious, such as viruses and spyware on the
hard drive. Slow speed can also result from application overload and out
of date software updates. Mac computers have a reputation for being less
prone to complications than other systems, but even Macs can become slow.
Even if your Mac hasn't slowed down enough to affect the speed,
optimizing your system can improve performance.
1Close out your running applications.<View your dock, which might be
located at the bottom, left or right side of your screen.
Look for icons with light blue circles beneath them. This indicates a
Click and hold the icon until three options appear. Choose to quit the
2Restart your Mac.Hit the Apple menu and then Restart. This simple step
can solve basic slowness issues.
3Clear out your startup items.Go to the Apple menu. Select System
Preferences then Accounts and then Login Items to view items that begin
automatically when you start up your system. Often these applications
aren't even being used; they just increase the Mac boot time take up
Select the item you wish to remove from startup and click the minus sign
at the top.
Uninstall the unused application. Drag the application to trash then
manually remove its related files, or use uninstall tools
likeCleanGeniusto remove it.
4Turn off options you don't use.Re-open system preferences by going to
the Apple Menu then System Preferences.
Select the icons of various features such as Universal Access and
Bluetooth. While these can be useful, if you aren't employing them they
might be slowing down your system.
Uncheck the box after opening a feature's options.
5Keep your Mac running cool.Store and use your computer in a cool, dry
environment. To be more specific, try to keep the environment temperature
for Mac at 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Utilize a feature called Fan Control. This utility automatically adjusts
your fan speed according to the temperature of your system.
6Pare down your widgets.Open your dashboard in your dock.
Evaluate your widgets, which are various tools that report the weather,
movie times, and calculate numbers, among other things. Delete the
widgets you don't regularly use. Even when you don't have the dashboard
open, these widgets are running and taking up space.
7Check the activity monitor.Go to the Utilities folder and find the
activity monitor. This tool details your CPU usage, your virtual memory
usage, and your RAM requirements. The activity monitor will identify if a
program is using up a large amount of RAM.
8Remove items from your hard drive.Go through your documents, photos and
music and remove anything you don't need. For example, pictures you have
uploaded from your camera that are near-duplicates or mistakes. Photos
can take up many gigabytes of space on your hard drive, slowing down your
Empty your trash if you haven't recently.
9Run a maintenance check.Download a maintenance application and run in on
your Mac. These applications clear out your cache and check for other
Perform a few of these optimization tips regularly to keep your Mac
running smoothly between hard cleans.
Do not remove any items or system components from your computer whose
function you aren't sure of. You do not want to delete important
How to Remove an Item from System Preferences on a Mac
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