Mac computers are super fast, right? Wrong. Most of them could use a little speed boost. Luckily, there are several ways to get the most out of your Mac without spending money on any third-party software or apps. These tips will make a noticeable difference in how quickly your Mac operates, from booting up programs to opening files and switching between windows. Even if you don’t plan on using these tips often, they can come in handy now and then for things like quickly transferring files from one computer to another or for times when you need to do something quickly and don’t have time to wait for your computer to finish loading up everything from scratch again.
Jump to specific locations in your Mac’s file system
What you might not know is that you can also access certain locations in your computer’s file system from multiple locations at once, allowing you to jump to different folders and drive letters in a single click. This means that you can, for example, jump to different locations on your Mac’s internal hard drive, like the Desktop folder and your Documents folder, without having to go through the process of clicking on them each time. To jump to a specific location in your Mac’s file system, open the navigation menu (the icon with a stack of horizontal lines) side of your Mac’s toolbar. Click the location you want to jump to, and then press the space bar key to make the selected location your current location, or click the “jump” button to make a single click at that location jump you there.
Use a virtual machine on your Mac
Virtual machines let you create an exact copy of your computer’s hard drive so that you can try certain programs or operating systems on a copy of your Mac’s hard drive, without actually installing them on your system. This lets you try out operating systems and try out beta versions of apps that aren’t fully finished, without messing up your computer. You can create as many virtual machines as you need, making it possible to test several operating systems or apps at once on a single Mac. Once you’ve installed a new operating system or app in a virtual machine, you can easily copy the virtual hard drive’s contents to another location on your Mac’s hard drive, so you don’t have to worry about the virtual machine taking up space on your Mac’s hard drive. Whenever you want to use a virtual machine, you can easily turn it on and off in your Mac’s settings or use a virtual machine app like VirtualBox to manage them.
Speed up programs and browser windows
There are a few ways to make your Mac boot up faster and to boot up and shut down items in your programs, as well as your browser windows, faster. The first thing you can do is to turn off things like your WiFi connection, your Bluetooth connection, and any other connections that you aren’t using most of the time. This will give your Mac’s hardware a little more breathing room, allowing it to boot up faster. Another way to make your Mac boot up faster is to remove unnecessary programs and apps from its startup items list, which is where your Mac looks for programs to start up when you turn it on. So, for example, if you don’t use your Windows Store regularly, you can remove it from your Mac’s startup list, allowing it to boot up a lot faster. Note that you can easily add programs back to your Mac’s startup list if you need them to start up regularly. You can also make your Mac shut down faster by removing unnecessary items from its shutdown list.
Use apps that can boot up instantly and quit faster ones
Some apps can boot up or shut down faster or make your Mac boot up faster. However, most of these will cost you money, but some free apps can make your Mac boot up faster without costing you a dime, like these: – [OpenClone v3.3.3 – Boot, Shutdown, Bootup Delay Fix] – Boot up and shut down your Mac almost instantly with this app, which works by copying files on your Mac’s hard drive to the app’s cloud-based hard drive, allowing it to boot up faster than normal. – [MacBooster] – This app allows you to easily free up disk space on your Mac’s hard drive by deleting files that are either too old or not being used often enough, allowing your Mac to boot up faster. – [EaseUS] – This app allows you to easily defragment your Mac’s hard drive, which can help to make your Mac’s hard drive boot up and shut down faster by physically breaking up large files so that they take up less space on your Mac’s hard drive, allowing it to boot up faster. – [Mac SuperDuper] – This app helps you back up your Mac’s files and settings regularly, but back them up to a cloud-based hard drive. This means that you can back up your Mac’s settings and files to the cloud, instead of back them up to your Mac’s hard drive, which can help to make your Mac boot up faster because it will be reading from a cloud-based hard drive instead of a regular hard drive. – [Macrium Reflect] – This app allows you to create a virtual hard drive on your Mac’s hard drive so that you can run apps, play games, and use files that are stored on the virtual hard drive without using up any space on your Mac’s hard drive, allowing your Mac to boot up faster. – [Clearing Mac Cache] – This app allows you to easily clear your Mac’s cache and stale files, which can help to make your Mac boot up faster because it will start from scratch instead of reading from a hard drive that may be a little less efficient than it could be. – [MacCleaner] – This app can help you to remove junk and unused files from your Mac’s hard drive, allowing your Mac to boot up faster. – [Mac Disk Cleaner] – This app can help to clean up your Mac’s hard drive, allowing your Mac to boot up faster. – [MacC cleaner] – This app can help you to keep your Mac’s hard drive free of junk files and useless files that are taking up space and slowing down your Mac, allowing your Mac to boot up faster.
Set automatic shutdown times on your computer
If you want your Mac to shut down automatically at a certain time every day, or every night, or when you’re away from it, there are a few things you can do to make that happen. First, let’s take care of the time-based shutdown. Click your Mac’s notification area icon, then choose System Preferences from the menu. Click the Energy tab, then select the “When the Mac is idle for [x] minutes” option on the “Shut down your Mac when” drop-down menu, or click anywhere on the “Turn off your Mac” text to shut down your Mac when it’s idle. You can also set your Mac to shut down when you’re away from it, like when you put it in your bag and walk away from it, by clicking your Mac’s menu bar icon, then System Preferences, and then quitting the “When your Mac is idle” option in the “Shut down your Mac” section of the preference panel.
Lock your computer when you’re not using it
If you want to prevent unauthorized people from using your Mac while you’re not using it, or if you just want to make sure that someone doesn’t meddle with your Mac while you aren’t around, there are a few things you can do. First, you can create a “