Computer optimization can be approached differently however it all comes down to getting your work done with no hindrances and at maximum possible speed.
On the one hand, the things to look at and the order of steps you take to optimize your Mac may vary depending on the type and age of your Mac. Yet on the other, what matters is you getting comfortable with the use of your Mac and discovering techniques that let you get the most of it. Without further ado, here are universal Mac optimization tips and tricks.
While it may seem like an obvious thing to do its importance is still underrated. Companies release new updates showing fixes, improvements and new features that are aimed to make the use of their software a better experience. MacOS updates are of exceptional importance as they bring in security patches, improvements and optimization. It is understandable, that when updates bring in big changes, like a major design overhaul in 2014 with the introduction of OS X Yosemite, those may be harder to take in, but in the long run it is worth it.
To check for updates simply open up App Store and choose the Updates tab. Selecting the Tab should automatically check for available updates. Once its done checking, proceed by installing the latest software updates.
Important Note: If your Mac started feeling sluggish after the update, consider performing a clean installation of macOS.
Changing Finder Preferences is not just a matter of convenience, which does help getting to the things you need quicker — it can also help speeding up Finder on your Mac. To be able to customize Finder to your liking from the Menu bar go to Finder > Preferences. If you want your Finder to open up faster and be ready for use quicker, then make sure to change the New Finder windows show option to anything but not All my Files. This will be especially noticeable if you are running an older Apple computer that already has a fair bit of your files
Hot Corners is Mac’s underrated feature that is actually worth checking out. It allows for quicker navigation and getting around your Mac. To check this feature out head over to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver. Choose the Screen Saver tab and in the bottom right corner of the Screen Saver window you will see a Hot Corners button. From there the setup process is a piece of cake.
Keyboard shortcuts is nothing new — it’s one thing that is capable of drastically speeding up your workflow once optimized and properly setup. To add your own keyboard shortcuts as well as edit existing once go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Keyboard. Proceed by selecting the Shortcuts tab. From there you can start browsing categorized actions using the list on the left and assign new shortcuts in the list on the right.
If you happen to have been using your Mac for a while with Safari as your main browser, then it’s about time you clear your caches to speed it up. Overtime caches tend to stack up and even get corrupted creating an opposite effect of slowing down your browsing instead. To remove Safari cache, you will first have to enable the Develop menu. To do that, open up Safari and go to Preferences, you will need to select Advanced tab and enable the Show Develop menu in menu bar setting in the bottom of the tab.
Then, click the Develop option that has appeared in Menu bar and choose Empty Cache
Bonus tip: Installing one of the third party mac optimization tools will help clearing caches all over your Mac in a jiffy. Make sure to do some research or opting for a free trial, to choose a decent cleaning app.
On the other end of the spectrum, you will have to sustain your Mac in good condition keeping it free from junk files for it to perform on the level. In the process of using your Mac you will install and uninstall apps (which leaves unneeded app support files), accumulate caches, duplicates etc. Frankly, it is only a matter of time until you will feel a noticeable slowness of your computer. As a countermeasure it is recommended to keep an eye on the locations where these files can be stored. It’s a hassle.
Installing an app that can take care of all the junk on your Mac will save you valuable time. MacFly Pro is a perfect tool for the job. Upon launching an initial system wide scan manually, the Smart Assistant will kick in and take on scanning and watching over your Mac on your behalf informing you when the next cleanup is best done.
If you have never erased old caches, logs or leftover application data from your Mac, then you can take advantage of MacFly Pro to see what difference it makes.