Tech Tip # 12 – Why is My Mac Slowing down ?

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It doesn’t happen very often, not with our work machines at least, but when it does occur it can be frustrating watching the rainbow wheel spin away. It becomes harder to open simple applications, browse the web, play some tunes, do the things we enjoy doing.

Why is My Mac Slowing Down?

Over time, your Mac starts collecting junk files (PC’s too). Computers are odd that way, little digital hoarders, you can never really know when it begins to be to much, and know what’s taking up space or under which beds all those files are hidden.

Here are a few easy fixes for your Mac.

Upgrade OS X

Upgrading your OS X to the latest version is always a good idea, some people think of it as simply adding more junk to your Mac. You can think of it as booster shot for your Mac, it’s simply new software to help your Mac run smoothly.

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Starting up clean is always a good idea. Imagine you running a race with a hundred pound weight belt strapped to your body, you will get moving but its going to take a minute to build some momentum, right?  Lighten your Macs load on start up by removing unnecessary apps. Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups, and then click on your username. Now click Login Items and uncheck the boxes of each program you don’t need immediately on start up.

Activity Monitor

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The easiest way to take back control of your slowing Mac is to check your Activity Monitor. Quitting a single app could make a huge difference in speeding up your Mac. Open up Applications folder and then your Utilities folder. Here you’ll find the Activity Monitor, open it. Check out the list of apps and processes that are going on inside your Mac. You want to find out what’s causing your Mac trouble. Click on the %CPU filter at the top of the list. This sorts the programs by the amount of space they’re taking up on your Mac RAM. The higher the number, the more RAM its using up. Remove, by clicking on the app from the list and then clicking Quit Process, located at the top-left corner of the window. Don’t remove anything you don’t know, or, if you do, make sure to look up what it is that you’re removing before doing so.

Hard Drive Cleanup

The most well-rounded option for Mac users is to clean out your hard drive. The problem with that is knowing what files to delete and how to completely remove them from your Mac. One of the best ways to do this? is with a clean up software for Mac’s, there are quite a few out there. Clean up software takes the guesswork out of cleaning. They can give your Mac a complete scrub down by removing apps, data, and other unnecessary junk.  CleanMyMac 2, Magican, AppCleaner and MacCleanse,  are some of the options out there, some are free and others not so much, they all function in similar ways, and seem to get the job done.

Suggested by: Elijah, the Library Technician for Main Reference.

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