Mac computers work a lot better than PCs. They are more stable, easier to use, more secure and run faster. But even a Mac can start slowing down if it becomes too cluttered. Luckily, it’s easy to speed things up. Here are some simple tips that will help.
1. Keep your folders organized
If your Mac starts slowing down, the first thing you should do is organize your files and folders. Having lots of files and folders makes your Mac slower because every folder you create has to be indexed by Spotlight and cached by the system. So make sure you don’t have too many folders. A good way to start is to manage folders in your Home folder. In addition to that, it’s good to keep your desktop clean, as a cluttered desktop consumes a lot of valuable system resources. Every time you boot up your Mac, Finder needs to load and render all the files on your desktop. This takes time and makes your Mac slower.
2. Cleanup system preference panes
Removing unwanted system preference panes is another good way to speed up Mac. A lot of the software you download and install adds its settings to your Mac’s system preferences. Deleting unnecessary preference panes will free up system resources and make things happen faster.
To cleanup system preferences panes, simply go to your System Preferences and scroll down to the bottom of the screen. There you will see all the third party tools that install preference panes. Removing unneeded preferences is as easy as right-clicking on the application and selecting Remove.
3. Remove duplicate files
You already know why it’s important to keep your files and folders organized. Deleting duplicate files is one of the best ways to cut down the number of files on your Mac without losing any of your documents, songs and photos.
Every Mac user is bound to have at least some duplicate files. Most of the time these files are songs downloaded from iTunes or photos that you’ve uploaded twice. If you have a vast music library and store a lot of photos on your Mac, chances are you have hundreds of megabytes wasted by useless duplicates. Deleting them will free up disk space and make your Mac faster in general.
Mac doesn’t have a built-in utility to manage duplicate files. But luckily there are some good duplicate finders available for download. One of the most popular duplicate finders for Mac is Easy Duplicate Finder. It’s efficient, fast, and you can download it for free.
4. Delete unnecessary login items
When you boot your Mac, it has to load a lot of items. The more there are, the longer your Mac will take to start. Most likely, you will find that you have a lot of unnecessary login items that you can do without. Disabling them will speed things up.
To disable unneeded logon items, go to System Preferences and click on Accounts under System. Once it opens, click on Login Items. You will see a list of all your login items. To delete an entry, simply highlight it and click on the minus button. Go through the list and disable everything you don’t need to load when you start your Mac.
5. Do some maintenance
And last but not least, perform some system maintenance to keep your Mac running fast. You can do this with the Disk Utility. Alternatively, download OnyX, an advanced free Mac cleanup and maintenance tool. It will help you get rid of all unnecessary stuff and configure some hidden system settings.
These simple tips will help you speed up your Mac and keep your files and folders more organized.