1. Restart OS X Mac
Whenever, I find myself in the midst of a slow & freezing Mac, I try to close all applications and give the OS X a needy ‘RESTART’. Doing this refreshes OS X and the next time I boot into the desktop, everything works fine. The point is ‘restarts’ are important to refresh the OS X. It is just like ‘Humans’ taking a 5-minute break. A restart will generally resolve the slowness of the Mac if the OS X is not having some any other issue.
Next time do give Mac a Restart before you leave for Lunch so that when you return you login to a fresh desktop.
2. Organize Mac
Human race is famous for being organized in all sorts of forms. It’s our tendency to organize which differs us from ‘Monkeys’. The more organized you are the more great human being you could become. Even we are taught to organize our rooms, office, workstations and everything else. Likewise organizing a Mac files & folders can help you navigate through Mac in fewer clicks.
I am afraid if you have cluttered desktop, cluttered browsers then definitely Mac OS X will become painfully sluggish.
Everything on computer consumes memory to survive. Even small folders, files, widgets, browser add-ons live on hard drive spaces. They consume small bytes of memory. A large population of such useless entities will begin to eat Megabytes of memory. It is utmost safe to cut down the add-ons on browser and start eradicating clutter lying on desktop or partitions.
3. ‘Quit Process’ on Mac
You have closed an application but did you check if it’s still eating OS X memory? You can get sure through Activity Monitor, the place that gives insight on application behavior. At times a stubborn app tends to consume much of RAM & HDD and works in background even after closing it down. Use ‘Quit Process’ button to kill such application and later either remove or update the app.
4. Clean Startup drive
Even on traditional drives Mac can attain fast boot. All you have to do is reduce clutter on OS X startup disk. Further you can cut-down the number of items from the ‘Login-Items’ tray. Startup disk is where your systems files are saved. Once you reach out of space the OS X will start troubling you with a message, which is “Your Startup disk is almost full”. Get al-least 15-20% of free spaces for the boot drive in order to get rid of this message. Take note of the OS X boot interval from time-to-time. If you are unable to make more space for the boot drive, then I recommend you use a Speed Up Mac tool. Without adding costly SSD, you can give Mac a fast boot by eliminating junk data from the boot drive.
5. Upgrade RAM
Nowadays, Mac desktops & notebooks are coming with heavy amount of RAM (4-16GB) depending upon the model. However, the older Macs still might have 2-4 GBs of RAM mounted on them. Once they are updated to a new OS X, they begin to run sluggish. If you are facing such problem with a little older version of the RAM then it is high time you must update the RAM asap.
6. Verify & Repair the boot drive
Disk Utility empowers users to analyze their Mac disk. The question is how many times you run ‘Verify Disk Repair’. The sluggishness of the OS X Mac can be cured right from the disk utility itself. At times, a corrupt files or preference file causes the system to crawl. Disk Utility helps you identify & repair these corrupt files. Running disk utility on regular intervals is beneficial since it will warn you if the drive is approaching towards a possible failure. You can then back up as much data as possible to safeguard your interests.
7. Add a SSD
If you want lightning speed and have the right budget then give your Mac a SSD. The boot time is reduced by margins when SSD gets mounted on the system. It also transfers data more rapidly as compared to traditional drives. Moreover, SSDs don’t require defragmentation as the traditional drives.