The lastest updates and the newest Apps can push your older Mac to it’s limits. You may find that you’re once lighting fast computer is behaving a little sluggishly. Try these 2 top tips to give yourself a performance boost!
1. Turn off Icon Previews
Icon previews are little thumbnails of pictures, documents and movies. Sure, they make looking through your folders snazzy. But your Mac is working harder than you think to show them on screen. We are going give the Mac a break and turn them off.
You’ll need to open Finder, first click on the Finder icon on the Dock. Then from the menubar at the top of the screen click View > Show View Options’
You’ll need to uncheck ‘Show item info’ and ‘Show icon preview’. Optionally you can check ‘Always open in…’ so that your folders continue to always open up in the icon or list view. Finally, at the bottom of the window click ‘Use as Defaults’ so that the settings are saved to every area of your Mac.
2. Limit Login Items
‘Login Items’ can be any App or file which opens up automatically every time you login to your Mac. Some of these are hidden and run in the background, so you may not even be aware of them. Although some of the Login Items might be useful. You don’t have to have any of them at all. Clearing this list will certain speed up your Mac a little.
To see what is starting up with your Mac go to > System Preferences > Users & Groups. Then click on the heading ‘Login Items’ at the top of the window.
Take a look through the list. Anything which you don’t need to have open every time you login can be removed. Simply highlight an item on the list and press the ‘-‘ button unter the list.
Remember that removing the item of the list does not delete it from your Mac. You’ll still find it in the Applications folder within Finder.
You’ll need to restart your Mac and see if you notice the difference. Hopefully it’ll be enough to keep your Mac going for a little while longer.