Ideas That Will Help to Keep Mac Running Smoothly

Computers tend to drop in performance after a while. Even Mac-books that are known for their reliability will begin to slow down, especially if you do not have a maintenance routine that keeps it in check.

People who are looking to boost the performance of their Mac will find ideas below of great use. And remember that you should create a routine to ensure that the Macbook is running smoothly.

Idea #1 – Remove Unnecessary Applications

Macbooks have a variety of applications available to them. However, you may find that having too many will clutter the system. And it is not just about freeing up disk space. You may even have some applications that are detrimental to the overall performance of the Mac.

For instance, MacKeeper is popular software that has some stories surrounding it. About how it leaks personal user information, or how it does more harm than good by installing aggressive pop-up ads. Macpaw has a great article (https://macpaw.com/how-to/remove-mackeeper) that uncovers why and how you should remove MacKeeper.

And it is not just the only app that might be harming your Macbook. Look through the list and make sure that you are not in any danger.

Idea #2 – Free up Disk Space

Temporary junk files also slow down the computer by a bit. These files accumulate over time and should be removed on a regular basis. Doing so will free up drive space and enhance Mac’s performance.

As for other ways that will give you more storage space, you can:

  • Transfer files to cloud-based services like iCloud and Dropbox.
  • Subscribe to streaming platforms and eliminate the need to keep media files like movies and TV shows on the computer.
  • Delete old downloads and email attachments.
  • Empty the trash bin every time you drag a file in it.

Idea #3 – Scan for Viruses

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Cybersecurity threats like malware, viruses, trojans, ransomware, or phishing can become a problem. If you noticed that the Mac has started to underperform recently and you did not make any changes, it might be that there is a virus or malware on the computer.

Scan the system using a reliable anti-malware tool. And be sure to have one running in the background at all times, so threats are detected and eliminated immediately.

Idea #4 – Get Rid of Visual Effects

Visual effects are not pragmatic and only consume valuable resources of the computer. You are better off getting rid of effects like “receive” and “send” animations for the Mail app. The Dock also has some settings that you can disable.

Go to the Dock and uncheck the boxes from both “Animate opening applications” as well as “Automatically hide and show the Dock.”

Idea #5 – Declutter Desktop

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Cluttered desktop does not bode well either as you will not have a good time using a computer that has no room left on its desktop.

Some people will say that having access to everything immediately is too convenient to give up. They do not have to navigate through folders or use the search function.

However, there is a big downside to all of this. Each icon on the desktop is rendered whenever you switch between the desktop and another window. You may find that restarting the computer helps, but that is only a temporary solution.

Idea #6 – Look at Activity Monitor

Activity Monitor is a tool that allows you to get a better understanding of where your system’s resources go. You can sort applications by memory and CPU usage and determine which of them are consuming the most resources.

Some apps are integral to the system and cannot be removed. However, you should still find some that can be deleted or changed to better alternatives. Internet browsers and anti-malware tools are an excellent example because there are a lot of available options.

Idea #7 – Trim Startup Application List

Restarts refresh the computer and help it run smoother. Regularly restarting the Mac will also prevent memory leaks since applications that run for a long time start to distribute memory incorrectly. Some users might not be that keen on restarting their computers because it takes too long for every application to load. But you can trim the list of startup applications.

Go to the System Preferences, select Users and Groups, and log in to your profile. There will be a tab for startup applications. Untick the boxes and save the changes. Restart your Mac, and you will notice how smoother it performs.

Idea #8 – Update the System

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Updates to the system should be a priority. Install them at your earliest convenience and make sure that both the OS and any apps you use have the latest version. On top of performance improvements, it will also add stability, safety, and sometimes new features.


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