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Mac slow, the tricks to speed it up

You can learn to live with the frequent slowdowns, finding some comfort in forced pauses, or you can take some time to identify what is causing the slowdown of your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro and correct things in time, or at least do it restart.

Have the Slow Mac a nice nuisance because when it happens, as it happens, there is always something urgent to complete, a deadline, a project that cannot be postponed. When the Mac becomes slow you have two choices: you can learn to live with the frequent slowdowns, finding some comfort in forced pauses, or you can take some time to identify what makes your Mac slow, what prevents your MacBook Air or MacBook Prodi be as fast as it used to be and correct the settings to speed it up. Here are some tips for make your Mac faster slow: and a list of the most common apps that exploit system resources and that, in many cases, are those to blame if by chance you have a slow Mac.

Slow Mac

Mac Slow, the browser the first culprit

Almost all programs can erode the processing power and the memory of the Mac, thus causing slow performance. However, some apps are more likely to slow down the system than others. If you use Google Chrome, you probably already know that usually at the top of the list of suspects; even the Google Backup and Sync app can be a problem. So if you have a slow Mac and you use Google Chrome then this could be the problem

If you think Google Chrome is too expensive in terms of resources used for your Mac, you can try switching to another browser like Safari or Firefox. Firefox has worked a lot on its new version, with the most recent update improving speed up to 80% for sites like Google, Instagram or Amazon. If you can't give up your favorite browser, you may need to adjust your workflow. Instead of having 15 cards open at the same time, limited to seven and becoming more careful closing the cards you don't need, your slow Mac will thank you and speed up, at least a little.

Problems with image and video editing apps

Even image or video editing apps, like iMovie or Photoshop, require a lot of resources, if your slow Mac could also depend on the use of these "expensive" software. The computing power required for rendering large image files or encoding heavy video files on almost any system.

As for image and video editing software, you can try different apps, like GIMP, designed to work on a wider range of systems with minimum specifications and therefore use fewer resources, your slow one-benefactor Mac. Keep this in mind, but also prepare yourself to have to sacrifice some quality to get extra performance from your Mac.

Before giving up your favorite apps, you'll need to figure out which ones slow down your Mac. To do that, you need to get familiar with Activity Monitor.

Slow Mac

Mac Slow? Use Activity Monitor

Activity Monitor or Activity Monitor integrated into MacOS and can be found in Applications> Utilities. When you open Activity Monitor for the first time, the CPU tab will be selected, you will see a list of running apps and processes and every few seconds the list will be reorganized. There will be some familiar names and other processes like WindowServer that are probably less known to many.

To get a clear view of what your slow Mac is doing, click on the% CPU for drop-down menu organize processes based on higher CPU usage.

After organizing the processes based on the highest CPU percentage, watch it for a few minutes without doing anything. The Mac constantly performs activities in the background, so the processes will continue to move up and down the list. Sometimes the processes will even jump over 100% for a brief moment before returning to a lower number. The softwares that put the Mac in crisis and slow it down are the ones at the top of the list.

Speed ??up the Mac, tricks

For example, some have recently noticed a Google Chrome Helper process on top of the running processes with a percentage between 20% and 25% CPU load. A somewhat strange wording. After some research, it turned out that it could simply be a Chrome extension or an open tab in the browser.

What you didn't know yet that Chrome has its own Task Manager that works very similarly to the Mac activity monitor. To use it, click the three-point menu button in Chrome, followed by More Tools> Task Manager. A new window will show you what Chrome is doing on the Mac.

Outside of Chrome's built-in tool, you can use the Mac activity monitor to manage apps or processes. You can solve problems with the slow Mac by closing each tab, window or app until you have discovered it what consumes too many resources, or you can highlight the process in Activity Monitor and click on the stop sign button with an X in it.

A message will appear asking you if you want to exit or force the process to close. Start with Exit and, if this does not reduce the CPU workload, click on the same button and select Force exit.

Mac slow, simple tips

There are times when you open the Activity Monitor and find kernel_task or aunchd or even WindowServer that use all the resources of the Mac. The description of these processes is rather vague and there is no direct way to link them to a specific running app.

In these cases, a good idea go back to those obvious tips for the resolution of problems that we sometimes neglect, but they could really make a difference in the case of a slow Mac, here they are:

  • Close all open apps, don't just close the windows, but right-click on the app icon in the dock and select Exit.
  • Restart your Mac, in fact, instead of selecting Restart from the menu, select Turn off and leave it a few minutes in peace so that it turns off completely, then turn it back on.
  • If you find a specific app that always slows down the system, adjust your workflow to use that app without anything else in use on your system, then Exit the app as soon as you're done.

Then there are obviously other problems that can slow down the performance of the Mac. Things like causal logins from elements, the exhaustion of hard disk space or old apps no longer optimized for the system in use. In any case, a careful analysis of the situation is the first step to solve the problem.

Mac lentodopo Mojave update

Slow Mac after Mojave update

There are other problems that can slow down the Mac, typically when upgrading to the new operating system, it happens to experience slower performance on the Mac after an update is installed. This happens with older Macs, although Apple is making great efforts to make MacOS Mojave (and even more with the next MacOS Catalina) perfectly compatible and fast even with previous generations of Macs. If you experience a slow Mac after updating Mojave the tips above are valid, only few resources available will be even less, because in part they are "eaten" by the operating system.

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