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My Dang Mac is Slow

My Dang Mac is Slow

"11 Steps to Sanity”

Every Mac slows down with use, but you can get it "smooth as buttah” once again.  You may be seeing the dreaded beach ball of doom more often. You never know if it is going to make you wait 5 seconds or 5 hours.

 This article is designed as a super easy follow along for even the least techie people.  If that’s you, no worries!  If you are a pro, this will be even easier!


Step 1:  Restart Your Mac.  You may have already done this and I know you hate when someone says that.  "Just click your little ruby slippers together.”  This is just the first step. Surprisingly this clears up a lot of issues.

 Step 2:  Remove the Slow Starters.  When you start up your Mac, a bunch of other programs start up in the background.  Let’s remove any extra, unnecessary apps.

·      Go to System Preferences, then to Users & Groups

·      Click on your User name

·      Click on Login Items

·      Click on the name of an app you don’t need to launch during start up and then click the "-" (minus symbol)

Less applications on the list = a faster start up.  Keep in mind you can always start any app you like just like you do now.  Just because you are going to use your hammer in 2 hours doesn’t mean you need to hold it in your right hand now.


Step 3: Check Your Internet Speed.  Usually the sign here is the spinning rainbow torture wheel that shows up when you are trying to load a new web page.  You can use SpeedTest.net or TestMySpeed.com. It’s super easy and will show you your upload and download speeds.  Look at your bill or check with your provider to see if you are getting the speeds you are paying for.


Step 4:  Remove Cache Cleaners.  MacKeeper is notorious for slowing things way down. I would (and have) remove any cache cleaner.  Use this link on how to uninstall MacKeeper. Remove MacKeeper


Step 5:  Too Many Apps Running.  This kind of goes along with #3.  When there are too many things running for your system to handle, it slows way down.  Activity Monitor will help out a lot with your speed. Here's how:

·      Open your applications folder

·      Open up your Utilities folder

·      Open up Activities Monitor

·      Click the Memory tab at the top

Now you can see all the crazy stuff that’s happening at the same time.  The higher the number, the more power that particular app is using.  Stop any app by clicking it and then the gray "X” on the top left corner of the window.  Don’t remove apps you’re not sure about!


Step 6: Is your Hard Drive over 85% full?

Check your free disk space

·      Open Applications Folder

·      Open Utilities Folder

·      Click System Information

·      Click Storage on the left

You will see Available: _____ and Capacity under it.

You want Available to be no less than 10% of the Capacity.

For example: At least 25 GB on a 250GB Disk


If you have used too much of your Hard Drive, it’s time to get rid of some clutter.

·      Click a blank part of your computer screen, so the top left of your monitor shows the Apple icon and then Finder next to it.

·      Hit Command +F (key) to open search window

·      First Filter will say Kind. Click it and change it to "Other”

·      Scroll down to File Size and click it’s box to the right

·      Then click OK

·      Second Filter will say Equals. Click it and change it to "is greater than”

·      In the third space enter the size to search. For example any file greater than (50) and then select MB for the final filter.

·      You’ll see apps, applications and files in there.  Delete any old stuff that you don’t use.  You can look at the Date Last Opened column for help.

·      Remember to empty your "Trash” bin


Step 7:  Verify the Disk Permissions.

·      Open applications folder

·      Open Utilities Folder

·      Click Disk Utility

·      Select Macintosh HD

·      Click Verify Disk Permissions (could take a little while)

·      Click Repair Disk Permissions

·      When it is done, it will say, "Permissions Verification Complete”


·      Click Repair Permissions (could take a another little while)

·      When it is done, it will say, "Permissions Repair Complete”


Step 8: Verify Disk

·      Just like step 6, open applications>Utilities>Disk Utility

·      Select Macintosh HD

·      Click Verify Disk ( could take some time)

·      When it’s done it should say, "Macintosh HD appears to be OK”

o   If the Disk Utility reports that the disk or partition is about to fail, back it up and replace it right away. It cannot be fixed.

·      Otherwise click Repair Disk to repair

o   If the disk cannot be repaired or it reports, "The underlying task reported failure”, try to repair the disk again. If that doesn’t work, back up as much data as possible.  Your disk will need to be reformatted, Mac OS X will need to be reinstalled and then your backed up data restored.


Step 9: Outdated Operating System

Your Mac’s OS X is extremely important to how it performs. An older OS X usually runs slower.  That is one of the reasons Apple releases a new OS X every year or so.

·      Click the Apple in the top left corner of your monitor

·      Click software update

·      Your computer will check for updates

·      When it’s done it will give you a choice to select only the updates you want or update all.  I always pick Update All.

*Often times you will need to restart the computer after updates


Step 10:  Reset the SMC

This is right from Apple support Reset SMC


Step 11: If you have an older computer increase your RAM.

You can absolutely do this yourself. 



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