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How to Make your Slow Mac Run Faster

How to Make your Slow Mac Run Faster

You are going to face some bullet-proof methods to speed up a slow Mac. Any Mac, really. And you don’t have to be a programmer to do it yourself, right at home on your Mac. All of these methods are based on one simple idea: Give your Mac some room to breathe.
To do it, we will be cleaning up junk and disabling things here and there.

8 Ways to Make your Slow Mac Run Faster

1. Clear Mac storage space

  • Click the Apple logo and then “About this Mac.”
  • Now click on the Storage tab.
  • As you can see there is a button called “Manage..”
  • Here, your macOS offers 4 tips to free up your storage space.
  • Just follow these prompts on the screen.
It may take some time.

But if you need to quickly clean up your drive, open up your browser and just google CleanMyMac X.

Install this app and it should recover at least a few gigabytes of storage space.
1. After you launch the app.
2. Click the System junk tab.

2. Update your operating system

An older macOS typically runs slower that’s why Apple comes out with the new OS every year or so.
1. Head to the Mac App Store and search for the new operating system.
2. Install the new system and you’ll see a nice performance boost.

3. Disable Mac startup items

When you start your Mac, a lot of things covertly load up in the background.
  • Go to your System Preferences > then Users & Groups, and click on your username.
  • Now, click on Login Items,
  • Pick an application you that don't need to launch during the startup. Click the "minus" symbol below.
  • Minimize everything to the bare minimum.

4. Clean up Mac desktop

If you use your desktop as a file dumpster, it’s high time for a cleanup. Not many people know this, but every desktop icon is, in fact, this little active window that your macOS has to render and spend memory on. Delete some old screenshots and tidy up around this place.
1. Now, Command-click anywhere in the middle of your Desktop.
2. Click Use Stacks.

Now, your desktop should be neat and tidy. That alone should make your Mac a little bit faster.

5. Remove browser extensions

They too might slow down your Mac. To disable them
  • You’ll have to open up Chrome.
  • Then, click Window in the upper menu. Found it?
  • Click Extensions.
  • Now it gets easy: just delete all the extensions you don’t need.
But we’re not done yet.

Remove automatically

There are also background extensions and add-ons that mostly stay hidden from view. You can delete those right away with CleanMyMac X. Download CleanMyMac X. It’s an app that's super popular among Mac enthusiasts. Don’t confuse it with other apps that sound similar. The one you're looking for is is called CleanMyMac X.

1. Go to the Extensions tab.
2. Click View Now go through your Internet plugins, Preference panes and Safari extensions. 
And this logically brings us to the next tip that it aimed directly at speed. And it utilizes the full power of CleanMyMac.

6. Speed up Mac with CleanMyMac

  • So, I've installed CleanMyMac on my machine and there, in the app you’ll see a tab titled “Speed.”
  • Then, you need to click “Optimization”
  • Now you can disable all the extra baggage that holds your Mac back. Disable the Launch agents > these are service apps that run in the background. Now, you see “Heavy Consumers”, your most memory-hungry apps. Switch them off too.
  • And there’s also the “Maintenance” tab.
  • Here I recommend to run a tool called “Maintenance scripts.” Running this command helps to “polish up” some deep-level system services. What it does is rebuilds system logs and reorganizes certain databases on your Mac.
  • Restart your Mac and see the difference in speed.

7. Merge open windows

Finder is the most often used app on your Mac. But as it so happens, windows in Finder often overlap, they go into the background and start living their separate lives. This is also true for Preview, Mail, and many other Mac apps. So you’re faced with dozens of open windows consuming memory. Here goes the trick.
  • Click Finder
  • Click Window
  • Click Merge All Windows See what happened?

All your disorganized windows have merged into a single one. From here you can close them one by one and save a lot of computer memory! As I said, “Merge All Windows” works for Finder as well as for Preview, Mail, and more apps on your Mac. It really works magic!

8. Uninstall unused apps

Removing old, unused apps is another way to kickstart your slow Mac. I bet you’ll find a handful of installed apps you’ve completely forgotten about. Launchpad. Did you know you could delete apps via the Launchpad?
  • Click on the Launchpad Find an app you want to delete.
  • Click & hold the app  > until it starts shaking.
  • Click the X in the top-left corner of the icon. Too bad, that doesn’t remove the app Completely with all its remaining tiny parts.

For a complete app elimination, you can use CleanMyMac X.
  • Open CleanMyMac X and click the Uninstaller tab
  • Select an app, then hit “Uninstall”.

Now you’re really removing these apps and any leftovers that might have left on your machine. Okay, hopefully, your Mac runs snappier now.

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