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How to Make Your Mac Run Faster

Updated on February 4, 2013
Here are some tips to speed up your Mac
Here are some tips to speed up your Mac

It's not a secret that Macs are more reliable than Windows computers. They also tend to run faster too. But even Macs can slow down with time, no matter how fast they are in the first place. Here are some tips that will help you make your Mac run faster.

1. Remove clutter

The first thing you should do to speed up Mac is to remove clutter that accumulates over time. Because Mac computers store a lot in the Home folder, you need to make sure it's organized and there are no useless items there. The more clutter there is, the slower your Mac will perform. To make it run faster, clear Safari cache, uninstall applications you don't use and use a Mac cleaner like MacKeeper or OnyX to get rid of hidden junk.

2. Delete duplicate files

Another great way to make your Mac run faster is to delete duplicate files. Like I said before, having too many items in your Home folder and other folders damages Mac speed and performance. Removing duplicates will not only speed things up, but it will also help you stay organized. Duplicate files are a real bother, especially if they are duplicate photos and songs, as that takes up a lot of disk space.

The best way to delete duplicate files on a Mac is to use special duplicate finder software. It will make the process really fast and will make sure you don't delete any files you need by accident. Easy Duplicate Finder for Mac is a great program that does a really thorough job deleting duplicates. It can find duplicate photos, documents, videos, songs and more using a number of criteria. The best thing is that your duplicate files can be matched by content, which means that you will only delete true duplicates. Another feature I like is that Easy Duplicate Finder can find duplicate iTunes songs, delete duplicates and synchronize your iTunes library across all your devices. Easy Duplicate Finder has a free trial, so you can try how it works.

3. 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.

Now your Mac should run faster and work better. Just remember to perform this basic maintenance every once in a while, like once a month, and your Mac will be in top shape.


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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I will share this hub with my son. He is a photographer that loves his Mac, more than me his mother and than his girlfriend.

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      Ranvir Kumar 5 years ago

      Not only duplicate files but other unnecessary items which accumulate on Mac drive, eats up useful drive resources and thus delay Mac performance.

      Stellar Speed Up Mac, CleanmyMac etc are the tools which remove all types of files from your drive.