A tip off is when the Mac is working really slowly and hangs or freezes in the middle of an important project.  Whatever the case, here are a few says to clean up a Mac and ensure that it is functioning to its capacity – almost like new.

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How to clean up the Mac:

 

  • Resetting the System Management Controller: One not so well known feature is the SMC – available for use on the portable versions, it can be done once or twice a year.  It is fairly easy to do and information is available on the Internet.
  • Resetting the PRAM: this is another component which can show significant changes in performance when reset.  This should be done only if the performance seems to be unusually slow.
  • Cleaning up the Desktop: If one’s desktop has far too many icons, then it may not only be difficult to find files but also slows down performance.  The adage – fewer icons the better holds true.  Create folders and move less used icons to free up space.
  • Choosing a starting program line up: Lists of programs which are important in the startup menu are better kept to a minimum so that too much RAM is not wasted on programs that are not used.
  • Full hard disks: A jam packed hard disk is never good as it doesn’t leave enough space to store files.  Less space will also impact overall performance. A general rule of thumb is to try and leave at least 40% of space free as processor speed depends on this for memory.   Visit http://machmachines.com/how-to-clean-up-a-mac-21-essential-tips/ for more insight on this front!
  • Removing trash: Just like one removes trash from a home, the recycle bind should be cleared out to ensure that space is freed up. Pictures and music files take up a lot of room – so either move these files off to an external hard drive or just delete them.
  • Deleting browser caches: Every time one uses their browser to find information on the internet, a cache of all the pages visited gets retained.  This can build up over time and impacts space – cleaning up this cache is quite easy and most programmers recommend using Google Chrome as it offers good download speeds.
  • Deleting unwanted apps: Just because a lot of apps are available for purchase on iTunes and other sites doesn’t mean that one has to have them on their Mac.  Go through the list and uninstall the ones that are not likely to be used.
  • Compressing data: If there are folders which may not be needed immediately it is a good idea to compress them and use them by extracting when needed. There are programs and methods which are quite simple to use, with step by step instructions.
  • Trashing logs: Many people may not be aware of the fact that Macs log everything a computer is used for.  These logs take up a lot of space and one way to get rid of them and free up to 40 GB of space is to use clean up tool.