Although a Windows Operating System has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, the Microsoft running PCs tend to become sluggish after some time. That doesn’t mean that a Mac system never slow down, but there is certainly a difference when it comes to the overall performance of a Windows and Mac OS X. Your Macbook or iMac (or whatever your Apple device) is also prone to become slow after some time, and this usually happens when you work your computer too hard or your hard drive is massively cluttered. Leaving your computer in this state can cause development of other issues, and even a hardware problem in some cases. It is, therefore, a good idea to clean up your Mac when it slows down since this will not only help you find the root of your concerns, but also helps you in saving money in the long run.
This post here aims at discussing some useful tips to speed up your Mac OS. Most tips we mention here are free to use, although there are some aspects which will cost you some money if you choose to apply them. Nevertheless, here they are:
Clean Up Your Desktop
For any computer or laptop to boot quickly, it must have a clean desktop. Technically, a computer’s booting time can significantly be reduced if the desktop is clean, and there are only a small number of applications which load at the start-up. Begin by tidying up the dock. Take a look at the files and apps on your desktop which are rarely used. Additionally, placing large files on your desktop will also cause it to become slow since it requires additional resources from the system to be ready when the desktop appears.
Macs with higher hardware configuration can be assumed to be safe from the clutter on the desktop. This is mainly due to the sufficient resources they have at their disposal. However, if you have an old Mac, this tip could considerably help in reducing your computer’s start-up time. Moreover, a clean desktop also results in improved computer performance.
Hard Drive Cleaning
Mac OS is designed to use the free space in your hard disk. In the simplest terms, this free space acts as a ‘virtual memory’ for the system to keep it running smoothly. Now, the greater the size of your hard drive free space, the more resources the system gets to operate. When you have a hard disk full of large and small files, there is actually very little space available for the system to use. This, therefore, leads to a slow performing machine.
Needless to point out, the obvious solution in this case is to free up some space. Begin by emptying the files in your Trash and removing applications which are obsolete and useless. Additionally, defragmenting your disk drive is also a good idea, although you must do it only if you understand what you are doing. Freeing your computer of junk can empty hundreds of megabytes of space which will again be available at your system’s disposal to use.
Manage Your Start-up Applications
There are several applications which when installed, tend to configure themselves to get loaded when the computer starts. Ideally, there are a few applications which are set to start when the computer boots up. Now, if the number of star-up applications increases, this will probably have the services ready for you beforehand, but at the cost of valuable system resources. Choose among the applications wisely, and remove any redundant application from the list. Remember, the shorter the list, the faster your computer will boot!
Use Cleaner Apps
Cleaning your Mac OS X can be difficult if you have no idea of what you are doing. There are temporary and junk files which if left unattended, can clog your system. Now, they are easy to remove, but only when you know where to start. For those who are unaware of these processes, it is best to download and install a Mac cleaning software. This is actually an application including a number of features to clean up and boost your computer speed from a single platform. Some examples of such programs are Onyx and CleanMyMac.
If you want your system to be always fast and optimized, it is best to run these programs frequently. You may want to add them to system schedule tasks so that they are automatically run and be taken care of by the system.
Watch the Activity Monitor
The Activity Monitor is a very important tool for those who like to monitor the state of their system. The tool shows you the CPU consumption and the usage of RAM and virtual memory. Additionally, you can also see the processes and tasks running, and see which items consume the maximum memory. Getting to know how to work with the Activity Monitor will allow you to easily optimize and speed up your computer.
Although these are simple tips, they go a long way in helping a Mac user optimize their computer and increase its speed, especially if it runs slowly. These tips are simple, and working with them does not require any complex computer skills. However, if your computer is very old and the above tips fail to have any significant effect on it, you might want to consider a hardware upgrade. Older computers typically have lower RAM and disk space, and upgrading the configuration will substantially enhance its overall performance.