One of the radical changes for Apple was moving to the Intel hardware. Further, the level of usability and stability offered by Macs has dramatically improved with the new OS X platform. One thing that still is a pain in the neck for many is performance. If you compare your Mac’s performance with that on the day one, you will realize that it has become kind of lethargic or lifeless. This is common on machines that are not routinely maintained. Macs do become sluggish over time as the OS X drive starts to fill up with large files, unwanted applications, and other metadata and support files. This can decrease the performance of your Mac significantly and result in major slowdowns. However, you can do some trickery to bring back the youthful snappiness of your Mac:
Keep a Check on Startup Items
It would make matters worse if you do not regularly clean out startup items found under System Preferences -> Accounts -> Login Items. You surely doesn’t need all of them right at the startup. Unwanted programs in the ‘Login Items’ list consume the valuable disk space you may need for other purposes. Removing these items from the list will reduce performance overhead and make your Mac snappier again.
Clear Out Caches
OS X stores plenty of temporary files on your hard drive. They include system, user, and font caches. The size of some of these caches may reach 500 MB or more, such as ‘Google Earth’ and ‘com.apple.safari’. This size would multiply as you continue to use the respective application. You can clear these caches by using simple Terminal commands as the one below:
Do Away with Unwanted Widgets
You may not realize that one of the biggest culprits behind OS X slowdowns is the abundance of widgets on your dashboard. These widgets silently run in the background and bog down the computer. The practice of regularly removing unnecessary widgets from the dashboard will give you a substantial performance boost.
Get Rid of Unwanted Applications and Language Files
If you are an obsessed user, then you may be having plenty of applications on your Mac that haven’t been used more than once since installation. If the same holds true for you, then you need to get rid of these applications to speed up a slow Mac.
In addition, every program comes with languages and translations. If you are not using more than one language, then these language files will only occupy your valuable disk space. This space is used by OS X as virtual memory for various system processes. In order to prevent slowdowns, you can reclaim considerable disk space by deleting these language files.
In case the aforementioned ways fail to tune your Mac’s performance, you should take help of professional Mac Speedup software. These utilities help you uninstall applications by simple ‘drag and drop’. You can also use them to get rid of unnecessary logs, junk files, caches, duplicate files, large files, universal binaries, and more.