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Macintosh operating systems developed by Apple Inc  too can perform slow. Here we are providing you with the variety of tips that can help you identify and fix the slow running Mac OS.

Some “cleaning” programs — like the Mac version of CCleaner — can expel temporary files and free up space, yet they won’t make your Mac to perform quicker. Avoid programs that guarantee to “optimize” your Mac and make it run faster.

Here’s How to Speed Up A Slow Running Mac OS

Screen your Activity Monitor

In some cases, you wouldn’t know what’s exhausting your memory and slowing down the system. This is where the Apple’s Activity Monitor proves to be useful. You get to know the CPU usage, Random Access Memory (RAM) and virtual memory usage from the Activity monitor, which helps greatly in optimizing your Mac!

If you want to see which apps are using up your system resources, open the Activity Monitor in the Utility folder. Or press Command+Space to open Spotlight search, type Activity Monitor, and press Enter.

Activity Monitor shows all the processes on your Mac (some of which you can’t, or shouldn’t, close) so click on View > Windowed Processes before you do anything. Now click on the CPU button and the “%CPU” column to list all programs by the amount of CPU they are using.

At times, there might be a single runaway application utilizing maximum amount of CPU that you’ll need to end. To force-quit, a process, select it by clicking it and tap the X button on the toolbar. Make sure you aren’t stopping a process that is accomplishing something important.

You can also click over to the Memory section — a process using a large amount of memory could cause your Mac to slow down. Try the “Disk” section, too — a process using the disk heavily could also be causing your Mac to slow down.

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Manage your startup items

A clean startup helps your slow running Mac OS to speed up. Go to your System Preferences > Users & Groups and then click on your username. Now click on Login Items. Uncheck the program you don’t immediately need when your Mac starts up.

Turn off visual effects

Click 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 Minimise windows and change Genie Effect to Scale Effect.

Cleaning Up the Hard Drive

Mac operating system actually uses whatever free space you have on your hard drive as ‘virtual memory’, which plays a significant role in the performance. The solution to a slow-running Mac operating system is to free up hard drive space to make room for the ‘virtual memory’.

Free up some space by cleaning up your hard drive by emptying your Trash, removing rarely used applications, Caches, logs, apps, widgets, language packs, plugins, hidden trash, and large files. etc. Alternatively, you can also remove languages that you don’t use.

Set to auto-update your software

Click on System Preferences > App Store and ensure that Automatically Check For Updates is ticked. You can also tick Install App Updates, which will automatically ensure that apps are updated.

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Reinstall Mac OS X

When all else fails, try reinstalling your operating system. Expecting you have backups of your important stuff, you can reinstall Mac OS X on your Mac. This is much simpler than reinstalling Windows. You don’t have to download any installation media. You can just boot into a special recovery mode, start the installation, and your Mac will download everything it needs from Apple.

Getting Hardware Upgrade

Upgrading your RAM is probably the simplest way to ensure a faster computer. As compared to upgrading your processor, it is also much cheaper. If you only have one piece of RAM attached to your Mac, consider getting another one.

Another option is to get a faster hard drive or use a Solid State Drive (SSD), however, they don’t come cheap. One path is to get the SSD to run just your operating system and other applications while leaving the other information on your old hard disk.