5 Easy Ways to Boost Your Mac’s Performance

If every time that you sit down to work on your Mac computer, you notice that it doesn’t seem to move as quickly as it once did, the good news is that there are several things that you can do in just a matter of moments that are quick, easy and are completely free of charge.

If that’s something that you’re happy to hear and you’d like to know about what you can do immediately, we’ve got five simple yet highly-effective ways that you can boost your Mac’s performance below:

Check your hard drive. If you can’t remember the last time that you checked your hard drive, then as soon as you finish reading this article, you should definitely do so. If it happens to show less than 10 percent of space, then that’s a huge part of the reason why your computer is not up to speed. The good news is that it’s fairly easy to add more RAM to your computer. You can read more about this by going to Mac World and putting “upgrading RAM” in the search field.

Clear your cache and history. Another cause of poor computer performance is if your cache or history is full. The instructions for clearing them out basically depends on the type of browser that you are using. You can get step-by-step instructions by going to your favorite search engine and putting the name of your browser along with “how to clear cache and history” in the search field. As an additional note, if you use Firefox, you might have performance problems because your computer is overloaded with extensions. That’s why, every couple of months, you should go through your list of Add-ons and disable whatever ones you’re not consistently using.

Get rid of your animated wallpaper. If you have wallpaper that is animated or happens to provide you with your own customized slide-show, that’s definitely very cool. The problem is that there’s a pretty good chance that it’s slowing down your Mac significantly. So, if after doing the first two things that we mentioned, you don’t notice a real change and you do have either kinds of wallpaper enabled, our suggestion would be to turn it off. You should see a noticeable difference if you do.

Do a bit of “computer cleaning”. Log-in files and temporary items are two more things that can significantly affect the overall performance of your computer. However, there are tools like Onyx that can quickly and efficiently help to clear them out. If you’re someone who would prefer to remove them manually instead though, you can find them under Home/Library/Cache and just do some clean-up there on your own.

Make sure your software is updated. There are a myriad of problems that can be caused by having the wrong kind of firmware on your computer. That’s why it’s imperative that you keep your software up to date. You can even set your Mac to run updates automatically. Simply go to “System Preferences and Software Updates” and set it to check for updates as frequently as you would like. That should help your computer to run at an optimal level at all times and keep you productively working on your Mac as well.

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