Your Mac has gone slower and slower and you didn’t really feel it since it happened in quite little steps day by day. You keep on using it until one day you got a chance to work on someone else’s machine, that day you noticed what your dear Mac appears to you as slow as an asthmatic ant running with heavy load.
Don’t worry the situation is still in your hands. Below is a list of tips; this will not put your Mac into a speed demon overnight but I assure you that one may help you.
1-Desktop Excessively Cluttered
Are there too many files and folders on your desktop? If yes, they are slowing down your machine. Arrange these files into folders and keep them in your home directory. You can have access to them by creating aliases to them.
2-Having Corrupt Preference Files
Preference files usually become corrupted. This makes program’s working weird or slow. If your Mac runs slow while using any particular application you should delete its preference file and re-launch that application. Applications create a new preference file if they don’t find this file.
It’s good thinking to create a backup of the old file especially if you fear to lose some settings that are difficult to replicate.
3-Smart Playlists set on iTunes
Smart playlists usually turns iTunes slower since they have to reload each time you launch iTunes application. Disable live updating; just go to File menu, click Edit Smart Playlist and remove the check from Live Updating.
4- Lots of Widgets on Dashboard
Each Widget on your Dashboard is using memory of your machine. The amount of memory your widgets are using can be checked through the Activity Monitor. Go to the Dashboard control panel and take out all the unused and memory eating widgets.
5-Caches, Log files and Temporary Items
Its safe if you frequently clean up built up Caches, Log files and Temporary Items. Use any application to do this task; OnyX offers an easy way. If you want to try other method you can also delete Caches manually; you will find them in Home/Library/Cache.
6- Wrong Firmware creating problems
Having a wrong Firmware can create all sorts of troubles; so, keep your software up-to-date on your Mac, its really simple; no excuse for that. Go to Apple menu, seeing Software Update; just click it.
You are also able to schedule your Mac to automatically look for updates by going to System Preferences > Software Update and ticking Check for updates. If you want to set or adjust the frequency of the checks then go to the drop down menu.
Software usually takes a working man so far. By simply upgrading your RAM you can probably enjoy the biggest speed increase then from any of these options. Using the Activity Monitor application (going into Utilities in the Application folder) you can check whether your Mac will improve performance by adding more RAM.
Click on System Memory tab, this will show you a pie chart at the bottom. If that chart is showing largely red or orange color then Mac is running out of RAM. You should also have a look at the Page Ins and Outs numbers, if these are increasingly growing then its time to upgrade the RAM.
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