When you unpack your Mac computer is does not have a very nice speed and starts programs in no time – you will also enjoy that Mac OS usually does not store that much garbage and gets slower and slower like a Windows computer (although that has improved a lot over the last years). But you can easily increase Mac OS system speed without much hassle. I bet the normal user will not have to worry much about it but if you like to download the one or other App from the Mac App store and try out these new programs and games your Mac gets slower. If you additionally turn your computer off every evening you avoid the cleaning up of the system routine.
Here are some tips and tricks to keep your Mac and its speed up to date.
Increase Mac OS System Speed easily.
- Login items
Some programs put themselves into the autostart routine of your Mac. This means – when you start your computer some programs start in the background and steal your memory without your knowledge. Your computer seems to start much slower. To avoid this go to “System Preferences” in your Applications folder, click on “Users & Groups” and on “Login items” – there you can see what your Mac starts with when you start the computer. If you want to avoid that just take the little check mark out of the box and you are rid of the program. With the “-” (minus) on the bottom you can even delete this programs from your autostart completely (be careful you do not delete the entire program this way).
If you cannot make any changes to your User it might be that you have locked to prevent further changes. With a click on the little lock in the bottom left and adding the administration password you can make changes.
Check your hard drive for unnecessary files to release your system break
When your hard drive is full or nearly full the system can’t source out programs from the working memory to the hard drive. Especially if you have many programs open and compared to that not enough working memory (RAM) your computer gets pretty slow.
Delete files from uninstalled programs
When you uninstall programs from your applications folder there are often files left back by the programs which can cause the Mac computer to slow down. You can easily do this manually. Go to Library > Application Support > Caches > Preferences. Delete folders created from programs you no longer use.
Delete unnecessary files and programs from your Dock and DesktopMac OS Lion treats all icons on your desktop – it doesn’t matter if those are programs or folders as open windows from programs. If your Mac does not have enough RAM (or you feel it is running slow) make sure you have a deeper look at your Dock icons and folder on the Desktop.
If you want to get rid of programs in your Dock just click on it with your left mouse and pull it out of the Dock while still pressing the left mouse key. Additionally – sort your folders and files from the Desktop into your main folders.
System optimizationMac OS is a Unix based operating system. Because of that it uses the same functions to optimize the system. These tasks are started automatically daily, weekly or monthly. Usually these scripts are processed in the early morning. Therefore, if you turn off your computer every evening you will harm your system with time. To avoid this you can use programs to start these tasks manually, just as Onyx (click here to learn more), a free maintenance program.
Update your systemNo software is without any mistakes. And sometimes programming mistakes can harm your system. Therefore Apple tries hard to improve mistakes not long after they appear. For that they prepare updates your an install. In the Mac OS this is very easy. Just click on top left on the apple and you will find a menu item “software update”. Check this regularly.
When programs start acting strange and the little rainbow colored ball starts to turn around more and more – then you most likely need to repair your permissions. For that go to applications > utilities > disk utilities, mark on the left the hard drive which should be repaired and click “repair disk permissions”.
I hope these tips will help you to increase your Mac OS system speed. If you perform these tasks regularly you should not often have problems with your Mac computer 🙂