Knowledge of Mac Utilities Will Help You Speed up Your Mac

MacBook Pro comes with different in-built utilities to allow users to monitor the system resources. Is your mac taking a longer time to start? If you have been observing a change in your mac’s performance lately then, you could do the following checks to find out what caused the problem. Here is a list of top Mac utilities that you can use to diagnose performance problems on your Mac.

Do you store files loosely on your desktop? Saving a large number of files on your desktop is not a good idea because every time you login, Mac’s processor has to obtain information about each icon before it can load them for you. So, you need to inculcate the habit of saving files inside folders on the disk.

Have you installed many new apps in the past few weeks? This is could be the reason why you mac is starting slowly recently. When you install a new app, the installer tries to insert the application in the Login Items found under System Preferences-> Users & Groups. Some installers ask user’s permission before adding the app in the list. Next time, if you are asked for permission, it is better to deny consent unless it is a critical app that is needed during startup.  Most apps add themselves to the login list without notifying the user. You can check the applications that have lodged themselves to this list. These programs launch themselves during system login and continue to run in the background. You will save a lot of RAM by wisely choosing the apps that you would need during startup. Apps in the background can lock system memory making it unavailable to other applications that are in need of memory to execute requests.

Activity Monitor is another brilliant utility that provides information on processes and their usage of system resources. High CPU utilization will cause your mac to slow down. You can find apps that are hogging CPU resources by scanning the %CPU usage information. It is better to kill such apps and re-open them later. Check the Activity Monitor again to monitor their utilization of resources. You can also find information about available disk space and RAM memory in this utility. Disk Utility is another good feature that can check the integrity of your disks. If you have an almost full disk then, consider using cleaning tools like Clean My Mac 2, OnyX or MacKeeper to identify and remove large files that are no longer required by your system. Periodic maintenance of your system will help you prevent mac from slowing down.

If you have an SSD on your MacBook Pro, you can also run disk repairs and cleanup programs like Clean My Mac to always ensure that your hard disks have enough free disk space.

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