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5 New Ways to Speed Up Your Mac

Posted: November 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Tips and Tricks | No Comments »

If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s the spinning rainbow beach ball. Lately I’ve noticed that it happens more often when I don’t maintain my Macbook properly. I’m using a Macbook Air which is less than 2 months old, so when I see the rainbow beach ball, I know that something isn’t right. Here are 7 ways to speed up your Mac.

1. Check the App Store for Software Updates, and Restart every so often.

I’m running OS X 10.8.2, and I’ve already had at least 2 software updates in the past 2 months. I know that sometimes it can feel like a pain in the you-know-what to have to download a new update, close your existing windows, and restart your computer. Sometimes I can be at fault here – I’ll often just put my Macbook Air to sleep by closing the lid, and the idea of restarting it is not something I want to do. However, this can make a big difference. So keep your Macs updated – and also, make sure to restart your Mac every few days, as just putting it to sleep doesn’t fully ‘refresh’ the Mac the way it needs every so often.

2. Reset the Safari Cache

Do you know that every time you visit a website, it stores the images and other site information to allow it to load faster the next time you visit? These site files can quickly add up and slow you down. My brother, who has a Macbook that’s a few years old, had no idea about this phenomenon. We cleared out his cache by selecting Safari > Reset Safari. You can also do so by clicking Safari > Preferences > Privacy, and then clicking “Remove Website Data.” You don’t need thousands of cookies and other files stored locally. So make sure to clean that out every so often as well.

3. Clear your desktop

The harmless thumbnails of your photos, screen shots, and downloads are not so harmless, after all. You should try to have as clear a desktop as possible. The reason is that every time you load up your desktop, it takes some system memory, or RAM, to load them up. When you have a whole lot of them, it can significantly slow down your Mac, and you might have to stare at a beach ball much longer than you’d like to.

4. Get Rid of Duplicate Photos and other Files

It should surprise no one that duplicate photos are a menace. Every time you dump your memory stick into your computer, you add hundreds of files that when left at their default large sizes, take up big blocks of space on your hard drive. It’s worth your while to a) use an external hard drive or cloud service, and b) to clean out all of your duplicate photos, music, video, language files, and folders in one easy sweep. You can do this manually, but for simplicity’s sake, I use TidyUp by Hyperbolic Software.

5. Monitor your Start-Up Items

I know that everyone loves the shiny icons in the dock, or task bar (except when they’re hopping up and down, of course). The problem with all of these running programs showing up every time you start your Mac, is that they hog system resources. Unless you are using the program every time you boot up, then you don’t need it automatically running. Go to System Preferences > Accounts > Login Items, and hit the ‘subtract’ button to get rid of programs that you don’t need running right away. I personally put a lot of programs in my Launchpad app instead – and if you don’t have the Launchpad app, then you can make a folder such as “apps” in your Documents folder, and can easily make a shortcut to that new folder by dragging it down to the dock.

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