How to Improve Your Mac’s Overall Speed and Performance

Summary: Mac’s are undoubtedly expensive investments, which is why making the most out of it is extremely important. Here are some tips on how you can improve the overall speed of your computer.

If you’ve owned your Mac for years, you may want be looking to improve its longevity so you’re not faced with a handful of repair costs. Fortunately, you don’t need to dig deep into your wallet for a new computer to enjoy the perks of a fast system, all you need to is follow these tips to enhance the overall performance of your current Mac.

Close Down Unused Programs

This might be an obvious one, but it’s a good place to start. Your Mac devotes memory and CPU space to programs that you haven’t used since last week rather than to the ones that you’re currently trying to use (i.e. Web browser, Word, etc.). One quick way to check which apps are running is to take a look at the Dock on the bottom of the screen. Programs that are currently running will have a bright dot underneath them. Alternatively, you can press Command-Tab to bring up the App Switcher, which then allows you access to view open apps.

This post has been sponsored  by Dr. Angelina Zarokian

Free Up Necessary Space

A part of your Mac’s performance coincides with it’s ability to empty hard drive space. Your Mac needs to be able to write and read swap files, and having adequate space for it to do that helps. One way you can go about doing this is to offload some of your larger files. If you want your Mac to run at its best, you’ll want to have at least 10 percent of its maximum capacity available at all times. Remember, your hard drive hosts a large number of files and folders. These include emails files, backups, old versions of apps that are no longer needed, and photos. Check your overall space by clicking on the Apple logo in the upper left hand corner of your screen and click “About This Mac”. Click “More Info” followed by Storage from the tabs. It’ll calculate how much estimated space you have available along with a description of what’s taking up much of the space.