How to Make Your Mac Run Faster

Mac OS X, which runs your MacBook, iMac, Mac Pro and Mac Mini is a superior operating system in terms of reliability, speed and security. Mac OS X is considered one of the most user friendly — yet sophisticated — operating systems ever. If your Mac has slowed down, simple, resolvable issues are likely the cause.

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Speed up Intel-based Macs by removing Power PC code from Universal applications.

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Check out your remaining open disk space. If you have less than 30 percent of your disk space open, it is time to clean up your hard drive. Search through your computer and find files that you no longer use. People forget to delete the install programs from when they download software; these files have .dmg extensions, so look out for them. Look for programs that are no longer relevant to your life. Either delete these programs and files or move them to an external hard drive. If you keep hundreds of gigabytes of music and pictures on your internal drive, move them to an external hard drive, so your internal drive has space to breathe.

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Disable dashboard widgets. Go to your dashboard and close any open widgets that you use infrequently.

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Evaluate the programs you keep open. Some Macs have only 1GB or 2GB of RAM; the computer can only handle a few programs at a time. If you don't use it often, don't keep the program open.

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Run Disk Utility to repair disk permissions monthly. The utility is located in the Utility folder inside the Applications folder.