How to Make Your Mac Run Faster

Posted October 18, 2010 by Steve Brown in Articles

Everyone wants a faster computer and that includes those of us who own Macs. There are a few things that you can do that cost little or nothing and really make a difference in how fast your Mac runs. The best way to make your Mac run faster is to adding RAM, or Random Access Memory. You need a minimum of 2 gigabytes of RAM to run a Mac operating system and you really need a minimum of 3 gigs to run everything smoothly. Adding RAM to your Mac will provide instant results and all your programs will run faster.

If you want to know how to make your mac faster while you are using it remember to only launch the applications that you need. The more applications that are running at the same time, the more RAM and system resources are consumed. A good rule is to quit the ones you are not using before launching other applications. You will see a noticeable difference in the speed of your Mac if you follow this advice. This is one of the simplest ways to make your Mac faster and will really make it run smoother.

The next step is to remove programs from the Mac login items that are not needed at startup. Navigate to Log in Items and see what is on the startup list. If you see unnecessary start up programs listed click on the item and then click the minus button that is located below the list. If you are not sure what a program is, do a Google search to see what the program does before you remove it from the start up list.

Dashboard Widgets that are unnecessary should be removed since they consume critical processor and memory resources even when you are not using them. Widgets that update information through the Internet use a lot of RAM and resources since they are performing updates constantly, even when you do not have the Dashboard activated.

If you want to know how to make your Mac faster by freeing up space on the hard drive, just give it a try. Try deleting programs and documents that you no longer need and see if your Mac runs faster than it did. Ideally you should always keep as least one third of your drive free so that your computer will work optimally. This is due to the Mac using a section of the hard drive as a virtual memory or swap partition for memory usage. This is especially important when viewing large media files. You should back up large files to a firewire or Dell portable external hard drives so that your Mac will run faster.

Another tip to speed up your Mac is to check and fix your Mac’s internal hard disk preferences at least one time per month. Launch Apple Disk Utilities and select your internal hard drive and then click on Repair Permissions. The repair will take between ten and twenty minutes depending on the size of the drive.

These tips on how to make your Mac faster don’t cost anything with the exception of adding more RAM. If you perform all of these steps you may be surprised how fast your Mac will run. You will always get better performance from your Mac if you only open the applications that you really need open at one time. This tip alone will speed your Mac up tremendously. Adding RAM is not very expensive and is a good thing to do if your computer is still running slow after trying the other tips on how to make your Mac run faster.

About the Author

Steve Brown

Steve is an Ambulance Paramedic with a MacBook Pro.


    Vinayak Kanagi

    thanks a lot! it helped :)


    Use clean my mac it make it faster.

    I have a late 2012 macbook pro

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