Is your Mac running slower than it used to?

Macs, like all computers can run slower over time. Below are a few simple things you can do to improve your Macs speed.


Remove unnecessary login items

Get rid of any login items you don’t need or don’t use any more. To do this, go to System Preferences then click Accounts and click the Login Items tab.

Turn off visual effects

To minimize your chances of slowdown, turn off unnecessary visual effects. Go to  System Preferences > Dock and uncheck the following check boxes:

  • Magnification
  • Animate opening applications
  • Automatically hide and show the dock
  • Turn off accessibility

Now click on Minimize windows using and change Genie Effect to Scale Effect.

Update your software

Make sure you have the latest versions of any software you are using. To do this, click on the Apple icon in the menu bar and choose Software Update.

Upgrade your hard drive

Your Mac automatically utilizes free space on your hard drive as Virtual Memory to free up the RAM. If your hard drive is full, or very close to being full, it will cause slowdowns.  Solve this by either:

  • Removing necessary items from your hard drive to free up space
  • Installing a larger capacity hard drive
  • Installing a larger, and much faster, solid state hard drive.

Upgrade your RAM

Upgrading your RAM will probably give you the biggest speed boost out of all of these suggestions. Use the Activity Monitor app to see how much RAM your computer is using. Click on the System Memory tab and look at the pie chart at the bottom. If it is mostly red or orange, you are running out of RAM and it’s time to upgrade.


If you would us to help you with any of the above, or would like us to access your Mac at no cost to you, please contact us.