Apple’s Mac is one of the most popular computer platform used globally after Windows. Mac is known for its smoothness and operating flexibility . As like other operating system Mac performance can also degrade when the clutter in the hard-drive increases . Here are few tips and tricks which you can follow to reduce the clutter and to speed up your Mac .
1. Free up Hard drive
Hard drive is used as virtual memory when the systems memory is full . When you have more data in your hard drive lesser amount of memory can only be used as virtual memory , which ultimately makes your Mac slow . To free up the hard disk space empty the trash ,remove unused applications and languages than you do not use with programs like monolingual . By doing this you will be able to free up mega bytes of space .
2. Check process resource usage
Mac has Activity Monitor utility similar to windows task manager which you can use to know which processes are consuming how much amount of resources . You can see the CPU usage, Random Access Memory (RAM) and virtual memory usage from the activity monitor , this information is vital in optimizing your Mac . From the activity monitor check the processes which is eating up CPU and memory in excess , find the applications which are associated with such process . Try to minimize the usage of such applications or free up some memory by closing down other applications when you are going to use them .
3. Disable unnecessary startup applications
Many applications are automatically configured to get activated at startup , they are loaded when your Mac boots up .Such applications makes booting slow . Remove applications from startup which you rarely use ( I just like to keep only anti-virus application at startup) . You can remove such applications from startup by going to System Preferences > System > Users & Groups > Login Items
4. Clean up your desktop
Desktop is the first thing that loads after the boot . A lighter desktop will reduce the startup time and your Mac will start fast . Minimize the number of icons from the dock and clear up the amount of files you can see on desktop . You can either delete them or put them into folders so that the operating system doesn’t have to waste additional resources to load them upon starting your computer.
5. Check your widgets
There are tons of freely available widgets , not all of them are useful to you .It takes RAM and processor power to keep these widgets running . Disable widgets that are not useful to you
6. Avoid animated background
An animated desktop background steals cycles from other processes on your Mac. It is better to have a static picture as your desktop background if performance is important.
7. Skip the iTunes
Running iTunes in the background consumes valuable processor cycles, especially when you are performing other useful tasks. Skipping iTunes can further optimize your Mac
8. Perform regular maintenance checks
Many times Mac runs slow (and lose memory space) because they don’t have their cache cleaned out . Regularly run multifunction utility tool like OnyX that will conduct system maintenance and cleaning functions to smoothen system running . Also regularly delete temporary files and browser cache
The above tips will definitely optimize your Mac performance and you will experience the improvement in the speed . If the above things don’t work then your Mac probably need some extra memory and powerful processor .