Why is My Mac Running So Slow?

The longer you have your Mac and/or Macbook, the slower it can get. Why? Several factors may play a part to give you the answer to this question. We’ll cover the biggest factors that could be plaguing your Mac in this article. Then, we’ll explain and help you figure out how you can alleviate the slowness you may be experiencing on your Mac.

Let’s take a look at some things that could be slowing down your Mac’s speed and performance.

Is Your Macbook’s Desktop Full of “Stuff”?

Do you have a bunch of clutter on your Mac desktop screen? A bunch of files, applications, screenshots, and the like hanging out on your screen can slow things down. What you can do is clean it up—remove unnecessary clutter as you would in your home.

Only leave what you need and use most as accessible on your Mac desktop. It takes up space and resources when you have a lot of clutter you’ve accumulated on your desktop screen. Once you’ve cleaned up some of those files, apps, and so forth, you’ll regain some of the speed you once had.

Do You Have Duplicate Photos?

As you’re probably aware, just about everything that can be digitized—is.  This includes pictures.  I bet many of you have many photos stored on your Mac. We sure do. We’re sure you may have some duplicate photos taking up valuable space on your Mac hard drive.

Take a long, hard look at your photo collection that you’ve accumulated, and you’re sure to find more than one copy of a handful or more of photos. Do you really need two of the exact same picture? Most likely your answer is going to be a big fat “no.” If you’ve got an extensive photo collection, it can take up a big chunk of space—and duplicates just add to that.

What you’ll want to do is get rid of the double-takes you’ve gathered and remove them. This is sure to give you back more space on your Mac and remove another part of the slowness factor that’s holding your Mac hostage with speed constraints.

Is Your Hard Drive Almost at Max Capacity?

The more your Mac hard drive fills up, the less speed your system is capable of obtaining. This is a major influence on the degradation of speed over time. The fuller the hard drive, the less zippy you’ll notice your Mac has become.

What you can do besides the obvious—deleting things and freeing up some space for things that you no longer need but may need again down the road—is make a backup. If your Mac lacks an internal CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive, back important things up to a portable USB drive, thumb stick, or NAS (network accessible storage drive).

By moving your files, programs, applications, photos, games, and so forth off the hard drive of your Mac, you’re definitely going to see some major speed improvements on your system.

Do You Have Multiple Applications Running?

When you have multiple applications running, it takes up memory resources and that slows your Mac down. Close out or force close any unnecessary apps running in the background. On your Mac, any apps that are running display a small black dot under the application in your Mac’s Dock.

If you’re not sure what’s running, or it’s not located in your Dock area, then you can choose to force close applications from the Apple symbol based in the upper left-hand corner of your Mac display.

  • Click the Apple, then go down the menu to “Force Quit” and click it.                                          Apple Force Quit
  • Then, select all the programs or applications running that you’re not using at the moment. That gives you back available memory resources and certainly helps a slow Mac regain speed back under the hood.  Select Apps quit

These topics we’ve touched on are the most prominent causes we’ve stumbled upon when it comes to slowness-related factors on a Mac. We’ve also written a more comprehensive guide on how to speed up your Mac. By following our advice and making the changes we’ve suggested, you’re sure to notice that your Mac regains speed and that slowness that you’ve been experiencing becomes alleviated.

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