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Mac Activity Monitor CPU Usage

How to Use Activity Monitor on Your Mac?

Your Mac’s in-built Activity Monitor is a pretty neat diagnostic tool. With just a quick view, you can easily find out why our Mac is struggling and if it is struggling, especially with slow speeds.

Here’s a quick look at what you can see in your activity monitor and how you can interpret what you see.

First, this is how you open Activity Monitor on your Mac. Go to Applications -> Utilities -> Activity Monitor. You can alternatively find a quick shortcut to Activity Monitor through a Spotlight search.

Your Mac’s Activity Monitor and what it shows you

5 Categories : 1 CPU, 2 Memory, 3 Energy, 4 Disk, 5 Network

5 Elements of Mac's Activity Monitor

 

1 CPU

Mac Activity Monitor CPU UsageThe CPU column is the most important column in your Mac’s Activity Monitor. Since what you see can be sorted in real-time, the first thing you must do is click on the little tab that says % CPU, at the top of the CPU column. What this will do is show you what app is using what % of your CPU.

Generally, no app will use more than 4%-5% of your Mac’s CPU resources. If it does, it means that something is wrong and that you must probably shut down the app and restart it, to see if it will run smoothly the second time around. In some cases, an app might always use too much CPU resource. For example, Adobe Photoshop is a pretty heavy program that requires a lot of CPU power. If this app continuously uses 5%+ CPU resources, you just have to live with the slowness that it brings to your Mac. Or, you can consider hardware upgrades like RAM or SSD upgrade.

At the bottom of the Activity Monitor, when CPU is selected, you will see a summary of how much CPU power is used by system apps and how much is being used by User or the apps that you run. Again, system consumption should be less than 3% almost always. If your system consumption is always hovering over 5%, it means that your OS X or Mac OS is corrupted and that it needs a fix.

2 Memory

Mac Activity Monitor RAM usageSelecting the memory column will show you how much RAM your Mac is using and for what. A fairly heavy app like iTunes will typically use about 90 MB of memory. A Safari tab will use about 32 MB of memory.

The key here will be to look at the memory pressure chart at the bottom of the Activity Monitor (When memory is selected). If you see red spikes once in a while, it’s OK. When you start up a program like iTunes, your Mac is going to be temporarily busy until it opens up the program, showing a red spike in memory usage. But, it should settle down. If you continuously see red spikes and also see an app consistently consuming more than 100 MB of memory, it means that the app is not functioning efficiently, for whatever reason. You must investigate it.

While here, make sure that your physical memory shows the correct amount of RAM on your Mac. If you installed new RAM but installed it incorrectly, it won’t add up in this number and you can diagnose the problem and install the RAM properly.

3 Energy

Mac Activity Monitor Energy UsageThis is the tab you want to explore if you want to investigate why your Mac loses a lot of battery power and loses it quickly. The populated list will tell you what app is consuming how much power from your Mac. Some apps are very power hungry and will drain your battery a lot quicker than some other apps.

You will also be able to see what apps can prevent your Mac from sleeping, just because they are open and running. A program like iTunes has a memory impact of almost 9.9 whereas another program like Numbers or Sheets hardly causes any sort of energy impact.

At the bottom, you will see some very vital statistics about how much charge remains and how much longer your battery is estimated to last. You will also see a neat little column that tells you if a high performance graphics card is being used. Most Macs have both a high-performance graphics card and an integrated, more basic graphics card. For simple programs like Mail, Numbers etc, the “Integrated” card will be used. But, when you play games or use a video player, you will see “High Perf.” displayed as the choice of graphics card.  Again, this might come in handy when you are trying to identify rogue apps that might be cranking up your high-performance video card all the time, thereby killing your battery in double time.

4 Disk

Mac Activity Monitor Disk UsageDepending on what you do on your Mac, you are going to see either a lot of “Bytes Written” or “Bytes Read” or maybe both when you look at this column. It shows how actively your Mac’s hard disk is being read or written on. Look at the graph at the bottom. Blue peaks show that data is being read while red peaks show that data is being written. If you see a lot of spikes in blue, red, or both together, you will heavily benefit from replacing your HDD with a SSD.

Even if you have to stick with a HDD, you can improve these speeds by freeing up disk space on your HDD.

5 Network

Mac Activity Monitor Network UsageThis is the tab you want to investigate when your Mac is mysteriously consuming bandwidth, without you really knowing what app is using the internet so much. Nowadays, all apps use the Internet. But, the chart that shows blue packets received and red packets sent should be spikes that fall and rise, with periods of rest in between. If you see a lot of red or blue, it means some app is very actively using the internet, burning up your bandwidth.

So, keep an eye on this tab when you just can’t figure out what app is eating into your monthly internet data plan.

Use your Mac’s Activity Monitor anytime you face performance issues. Using it when the performance issue actually occurs is the best time, as it will help you identify what exactly is causing your Mac to act funny. On the flip side, Activity Monitor itself is a bit of a heavy app when it comes to CPU or Memory usage. So, don’t keep it running always and definitely don’t set it to run as a login or startup item. Use it only on a need-to-use basis.

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Mac OS Sierra Track Pad Problems – Fixes

A Mac’s track pad is one of its unique features. With multiple gestures that you can use as shortcuts to do things smartly on your Mac, especially when it comes to multi-tasking, not having the track pad work like it should can be an enormous pain in the butt! If your Mac’s track pad has been rendered useless after the update to Mac OS Sierra, here are fixes that will help you.

Changing Accessibility settings

Go to Accessibility – > Mouse & Track pad -> Track pad Options -> Un-check scrolling (Even if Scrolling is already unchecked, toggle it on and then off again). Also, after doing the above, go to System Preferences -> Track Pad -> Un-check scrolling there as well.

P.S. This is a fix that you might need to carry out every few hours. Some users have reported that they have had their Mac’s track pad behave well after just one fix while some say that they have to do it every two to three hours. We hope you are one of those lucky ones who can apply it as a one-time fix.

This is a fix that will especially work if you are running Java heavy programs on your Mac, like PyCharm or even your Mac’s Terminal for that matter. Sierra generates a heavy amount of scroll events that any of its predecessors like El Capitan or Mavericks. The hardware is unfortunately not able to keep up. These programs have a lot of Java code that get triggered while scrolling, rendering your Track Pad useless, as there is simply too much data for your Mac to process.

This therefore seems to be a very Sierra specific problem and an update is expected from Apple soon.

Fixes that don’t work

If the above fixes don’t work, don’t waste your time with a safe boot or resetting of SMC or PRAM. Though SMC and PRAM reset sounds like a logical way to reset your Mac’s hardware drivers, many have tried it only to continue to face the problem of having a useless track pad.

If nothing has worked for you, we suggest that you use a mouse or even an external track pad and wait until Apple releases a bug fix for this problem. There should be one coming soon for sure.

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How to Fix Time Machine Problems on Mac OS Sierra?

If you upgraded to Mac OS Sierra and are having issues with Time Machine, particularly if Time Machine is taking forever to backup your Mac (Like over several hours!), here are some fixes that might be of help.

Make sure your Anti-Virus is off during Time Machine backup

If you use an Anti-Virus program like Sophos, Avast, Avira, Symantec, AVG, ESET, Bitdefender etc, please try turning it off until Time Machine completes its backup. If the anti-virus was the source of the problem, Time Machine will run like its on steroids after you turn off your anti-virus.

However, do remember to turn your anti-virus back on after Time Machine finishes its tasks. It might also help if you updated your anti-virus program if you haven’t done so already. Your anti-virus vendor might have released an update after the release of Mac OS Sierra, to allow you to run your anti-virus alongside Time Machine, without causing performance issues.

Turn off Spotlight indexing for your Time Machine Drive

Go to your Spotlight indexing settings and turn off the index Time Machine drive feature. If this was turned on, there might be a conflict of use error where your Mac’s spotlight is constantly trying to index your Time Machine drive, even if it is in the process of adding new content in the form of the backup that you are carrying out.

Stop Time Machine and erase the backup drive

If you are OK to lose whatever backup progress has already completed, you can go ahead and delete the contents of your backup drive and startup Time Machine again. This is actually a fix that is being suggested by Apple engineers on phone customer service, as we speak!

It isn’t very ideal but people are reporting that their Time Machine is working like it is supposed to, after they erased their backup drives and restarted Time Machine.

Disable storage optimization in Mac OS Sierra

This is a fix that has worked for a small minority of people. Mac OS Sierra comes with a host of storage optimization features. While they are great to help you save space on your OS X partition, they might be muffling Time Machine performance.

You can try temporarily disabling storage optimization to see if Time Machine will speed up. Once Time Machine finishes its task, you can turn back storage optimization on.

To turn off storage optimization, go to Settings – > iCloud – > iCloud Drive -> Option -> Un-check Optimize Mac Storage.

Also, go to Apple Menu -> Storage -> Manage -> Un-check Store in iCloud

Apple Logo Blinking Red after Update to Mac OS Sierra? Not to Worry!

Some Mac users have started to complain about their Macs, particularly iMac’s developing a blinking red Apple logo while booting up with Mac OS Sierra, Apple’s latest OS for Macs. If you are one such Mac user, there is no need to panic. Though the red blink can be unsettling, leading you to think that your Mac is headed for an abyss, the solution will make you laugh.

How to fix the red blinking boot problem in Mac OS Sierra?

Simple, just do a safe boot! Here’s how you do a safe boot. Restart your Mac or power it up if it isn’t turned on at the moment. Right after you hear the startup beep, press the Shift key and keep it pressed until you see an Apple logo appear on your screen. When the Apple logo appears, release the shift key.

What this does is forces your Mac to go into safe mode, where it does several checks to see if everything is all right with your Mac. There is a very good likelihood that the red blink program will go away after this safe boot. Once logged into safe boot, simply restart your Mac normally and see if the blinking red problem goes away.

In 80% of the cases, it should go away. If it doesn’t, still don’t worry. Thousands of people have reported this as a bug that doesn’t do anything but blink. In all likelihood, it will be fixed when Apple releases a newer version of Mac OS Sierra.  Mac OS Sierra is the 13th version of OS X from Mac. Version 10.12 was released on September 20 and a more recent version was released on 10.12.1, on October 24th, 2016.

The 10.12.1 version released on October 24th features security updates to Apple SMC, fixing of various bugs and improvements and performance tweaks to FaceTime. To see a full list of what’s been updated in Mac OS Sierra 10.12.1, please go to this official Apple page.  Also, if you are facing performance issues after your upgrade to Mac OS Sierra, please read my post on how to fix Sierra slow problems on your Mac. There’s more than 2,000 words of tips that will bring your Mac back up to speed!

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Exploit these Mac OS Sierra Keyboard Shortcuts

If you are a power user who needs a lot of stuff done on your Mac, you probably will enjoy even 10-15 minutes of time savings. Those 15 minute savings can easily come from using power keyboard shortcuts. Here are the best keyboard shortcuts from Mac OS Sierra, the most recent OS X update from Apple!

To find certain words in a document – We all know what find is. Command – F will allow you to find a word in a document. But, what if you want to go to the exact spot where whatever you first found is found again. Use Command – G to do just that! Want to find the previous occurrence, use Command – Shift – G instead.

To hide windows quickly, during multi-tasking – Need those moments where you only want to see a particular app on your screen, without all the clutter? Maybe sometimes you need to see all the clutter as well. Here are shortcuts to do just that. Command – H will hide the windows of the front app that you are using. Command – Option – H will do the exact opposite, hide all other apps

To minimize instead of hide – If you want to just minimize the front app, quickly hit Command – M. To minimize everything except the front app, hit Command – Option – M.

To quit an app – To quickly quit an app, simply hit Command – Q! You will get the usual prompt to save your document before you quit, if you have unchanged saves.

Force quit that hung app – If your front app hangs, stalls or gives you nothing but the beach ball, it might be time to make it quit forcefully. To do this, hit Option – Command – Esc. If you haven’t chosen the app to force-quit, hit the same combination mentioned and hold for three seconds, to force quit the front app.

Spotlight search from within Finder – Need spotlight within Finder. No worries. Simply hit Command – Option – Space!

Quick preview – Not sure if a file is the one you are looking for. Simply Hit Space when the file is selected, for a quick preview that won’t trouble your Mac’s CPU and RAM too much.

Toggling between two frequently used apps – Have a word document and a browser window open. Need to toggle between them again and again. Don’t move that mouse. Use Command – Tab. An extremely useful keyboard fix when you need multitasking between just two apps.

Toggling between two windows of the same app – Are you multi tasking but working on two different windows in the same app. Not to worry. Toggling can still be done. Use Shift – Command – ~ (Tilde) to do just that.

Quick Screenshot – Use Shift – Command – 3 to take a screenshot of your entire screen.

Quick screenshot of a selected portion of your screen – Use Command- Shift- 4 to enable a cross hair pointer like selector that will allow you to take a very specific screenshot on a region that you select on your screen. The drag and drop interface will allow you to save exactly what you want.

Restart, sleep or shutdownLong press Power Button for 1.5 seconds to enable a multi-option choice that will allow you to shut down your Mac, restart it or put it to sleep.

Forced restart – Has your Mac hung up and have you decided to just restart it, hoping that the problems will go away after a fresh restart? Just use Control – Command – Power Button to force restart your Mac.

Shutting down all work after being prompted to save changes – Have you suddenly become very tired and just want to quit everything, but only after saving it. Use Control – Option – Command – Power Button to quit all apps, but only after being prompted to save everything. Once everything is saved properly, your Mac will quit all apps and shut down your Mac.

Quick spell check – Want to quickly run a spell check after banging out a lot of content on your word processor. No need to take your fingers away from that hot keyboard. Hit Command – ; (Semicolon).

Align text without the mouse – Use Command – { (Left curly bracket) to align left. Similarly, use Command – } (Right curly bracket to align right). Use Shift-Command – | (The vertical dash to the right of the curly brackets on your keyboard) to align center.

Quick open iCloud DriveShift – Command – I 

Quick access the downloads folder – Need to open that downloads folder to copy that file you just downloaded of the Internet. No need to wade your way through Finder. Just use Option – Command – L to pull up the downloads folder directly.

Send something from your Mac to other Apple devices, using AirDrop – Use Shift – Command – R to do just this.

Preview multiple files – Need to preview a bunch of files before you open them? Use Option – Command – Y.

We hope you liked these Mac OS Sierra shortcuts. Do you have a cool shortcut that isn’t listed here. Please do share with us. Let everyone enjoy that smart shortcut!

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Fix Wi-Fi Problems With Mac OS Sierra

A Mac without Wi-Fi is a crippled Mac. With everything you do on your Mac having a good chance of being connected to something online, you probably want to fix your Sierra Wi-Fi problems pronto. Let’s get going with exactly just that.

Slow or dropped Wi-Fi connections with Mac OS Sierra?

If your Mac fails to reconnect to your Wi-Fi network after you wake it up or when you shuttle between two Wi-Fi networks that you commonly use, the fix is probably an easy one. The following fixes might also fix your Sierra slow problems as well, especially if your Mac is slowing down only when you need to do something online.

Before we get started, I always recommend that you use Time Machine to backup your Mac. Yes, it is not a fun process and is a bit cumbersome. But then, nobody wants a Mac that stares back at them blankly, like it hasn’t known you at all, even though you have shared so many of your memories and work with it.

So first, back up your Mac before you run the following fixes!

Fix 1 – Resetting your Wi-Fi connectivity preferences in Mac OS Sierra

  • Quit all applications or programs that are actively using the internet (browser, iTunes etc)
  • Turn off your Wi-Fi connection on your Mac
  • Enter /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ in the Finder window
  • Find the following four files
    • com.apple.airport.preferences.plist
    • com.apple.network.eapolclient.configuration.plist
    • com.apple.wifi.message-tracer.plist
    • NetworkInterfaces.plist
    • preferences.plist
  • Copy these files onto a thumb drive or another folder on your Mac, just in case (Optional step but recommended, in case something goes wrong, you can paste them back)
  • After backing up the above files, delete these files in the location mentioned above
  • Restart your Mac
  • Restart your Wi-Fi router also for good measure, before your Mac restarts
  • Restarting your Mac will cause your Mac to rewrite these files, hopefully with corrections that will fix your Wi-Fi problems

Fix 2 – Creating a network connection with Custom DNS (Slightly Technical)

You might not understand all the jargon mentioned in this particular fix. But, it can help fix your Sierra Wi-Fi problems for good. Might be well worth a try if our first fix didn’t do it for you.

  • Quit all your internet using applications
  • Go to Apple Menu – System Preferences -> Wi-Fi -> Select your Wi-Fi connection -> Location -> Edit Locations -> + (Click on + to create new location)
  • Name your new Wi-Fi connection to any name that you want
  • Join the new Wi-Fi connection
  • Enter your Wi-Fi connection password when prompted
  • Once connected to your new connection, go to the advanced tab (bottom right)
  • Click on TCP/IP – > Renew DHCP Lease -> Apply -> DNS -> + (Lower left corner)
  • Enter the following DNS Server addresses in the white space that is given for DNS servers: (The following DNS addresses are Google’s DNS addresses. It is very safe to use)
    • 8.8.8.8
    • 8.8.4.4
  • Click OK. Then, click on the Hardware tab
  • Click Configure -> Manually -> Custom
  • Type in 1453 as MTU number
  • Click Ok
  • Click Apply to save and apply all your changes

If Fix 1 didn’t work, this Fix 2 should definitely fix your Sierra Wi-Fi problems. If this fix also doesn’t work, you can just go ahead and delete this new network connection that you created, if you fear that it might harm your Mac in any way. Not that it does any harm but it is pointless to have a network connection present when it just doesn’t work.

Other fixes you can carry out to fix your Mac OS Sierra problems

If you are the type that hasn’t restarted your Mac in a long, long time, instead only using sleep, a simple restart might fix your Wi-Fi problems. Besides trying to fix your Wi-Fi with this simple fix, it is also recommended that you restart your Mac from time to time, so updates and system resets apply, to help your Mac stay up to date in terms of performance.

You must also investigate if your modem or router is working properly. Bring a friend’s laptop and see if it connects to your Wi-Fi connection. Or, you can use your phone and tablet to connect to your Wi-Fi router. If no devices can connect to your Wi-Fi router, it is obviously a problem with your router and not your Mac’s Wi-Fi receiver.

In some cases, your Wi-Fi router might have two frequencies. There have been many occasions when only one band works (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz). If that is the case, use the frequency that works.

Other fixes that you can try are to run a PRAM and SMC reset, both Mac hardware resets that will not destroy any of your user data. They are soft resets that will rewrite some configuration files that might fix your Mac’s Wi-Fi problems and even help it speed up a little. In some cases, a PRAM reset or SMC reset might cause you to re-enter your date and time information but that’s about the only thing it will require you to do on your Mac.

Mac OS Sierra or El Capitan Slow? Here’s What You Should Do

Mac OS Sierra slow? Here's how you make Sierra Fast!ElCapitanSlow.com was created to help Mac owners fight performance issues after updating to OS X El Capitan.  We are glad to let you know that many of the fixes that we provided last year and working just great now as well, to fix Mac OS Sierra slow problems!  Now, we hope to help with performance issues that you might face after updating to Mac OS Sierra. The following tips fix El Capitan slow problems just as well as they fix Mac OS Sierra slow problems.

Slow Mac OS Sierra to a Faster or Fast Mac OS Sierra – Here’s How!

1. Create more free memory on your OS X Partition

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Freeing up space on your Mac OS Sierra partition will almost certainly help eliminate Sierra slow problems

This remains one of the most critical Mac performance tips ever! To understand how freeing up space on your Mac OS Sierra partition will help make Mac OS Sierra fast, you first need to understand how your Mac’s processor works.

You see,  your Mac’s processor doesn’t always only rely on RAM for memory. In times of dire need, when RAM is maxing out, your Mac’s processor will turn to the partition on which Mac OS Sierra is installed. If your Sierra partition is jam packed with unnecessary files and data, chances are that your Mac will surrender to a crawl, until memory queue backlogs are cleared and your RAM frees up again.

So, as a first step, clear up your Mac OS Sierra partition. You can do this and do it very, very easily with Clean My Mac 3, an acclaimed software that continues to impress just like its predecessors named Clean My Disk and Clean My Mac 2.

With Clean My Mac 3, you can use just two mouse clicks to redeem critical hard disk space on your Mac OS Sierra partition, allowing your Mac to breathe and get going again. Clean My Mac has helped thousands of people fix slow performance problems with Yosemite, Mavericks, El Capitan and now Mac OS Sierra as well. It has been downloaded and used over 3 Million times, with 1 Million every day users.

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2. Don’t interrupt indexing just after your Mac OS Sierra update!

This isn’t exactly a tweak that you can try to fix a Mac that is running sluggishly on Mac OS Sierra. Rather, it is something that you mustn’t do.

When you upgrade to Mac OS Sierra, Spotlight goes into overdrive, indexing your hard drive in a major way. It wants to know about everything on your hard drive, making it easier for you to find stuff when you have to.

The drawback is that the indexing process can take a rather long time, especially if you have a very large disk with a ton of data on it.  Mac OS Sierra also has an outstanding feature that lets you search people in photos, thanks to advanced facial recognition detection built into the OS. But again, this is possible only after OS Sierra is able to run through all your pictures and index them, a process that can take a very long time if you have a large photo library.

If you just upgraded to Mac OS Sierra and your Mac is acting slow because of all this indexing, we suggest that you just wait it out. Let your Mac do its thing while you work on a phone or maybe another computing device that you own. It is recommended that you don’t burden your Mac with laborious processes while this indexing completes.

P.S – Spotlight indexing and iPhotos indexing can heat up your Mac’s CPU as well, besides making it sluggish in terms of performance. You might also experience unusually hot fan movement as well. If this is the case, let your Mac sit on a nice cool surface with plenty of air circulating around and below it (if you using MacBook), so it can cool off. It is nothing to worry about.

3. Go easy on the user interface fanciness!

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Turning down display features in Mac OS Sierra can lead to fixing of Mac OS Sierra slow problems! Go to Apple Menu – System Preferences – Accessibility – Display to tone down the eye candy!

Every iteration of Mac’s operating system keeps introducing new transition or smooth scrolling or some similar eye candy effect that allows the user interface to look pristine. Mac OS Sierra is no different.

The new user interface (UI) looks extremely modern, giving the OS a brand new feel on the outside. But, if you can sacrifice the eye candy even a little, it can have a telling effect on your Mac OS Sierra problems, making Sierra noticeable faster.

4. Stop the message spam!

Mac Messages are awesome, allowing you to see all your iOS 10 phone or tablet messages on your Mac, as and when it happens. But, if you have that one annoying friend who bombards you with GIFs, videos, constant images and what not, it can eventually start to slow down your Mac, as your Mac Messages app has to keep up with all the buzz. It will be a shame to turn off this feature in Mac OS Sierra as it means not being able to see your phone’s messaging buzz on your Mac, but then, if your Sierra slow problems go away when you disable this, it might be well worth the sacrifice.

If you think your Mac may be slow because of this problem, you can easily check to see if it is indeed the case. Keep a few animated GIFs or videos open on your Mac Messages App and go to Activity Monitor. If Messages is using anything more than 20% of CPU resources, you have your culprit.

Shut down your Messages app or at leas restrict keeping the window open, to save your CPU from constantly refreshing all messages, as and when you receive them.

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5. Make sure your Mac is compatible first!

Not all Macs can run Mac OS Sierra, at least not as well. The more recently purchased your Mac computer is, the better the chances of it running Mac OS Sierra fast. The reason for this is more and more functionality is added to Mac OS versions and they need more and more memory and minimum processor requirements.

This however doesn’t mean that you have to upgrade your Mac’s hardware. But, just make sure that your Mac falls under one of the following categories.

iMac Bought in Late 2009 or later
MacBook Air Bought in 2010 or later
MacBook Pro Bought in 2010 or later
Mac Mini Bought in 2010 or later
Mac Pro Bought in 2010 or later
MacBook Bought in 2009 or later

If you jumped the gun and installed Mac OS Sierra on a particular model of Mac that was bought earlier than the corresponding date mentioned above, you don’t have much of a choice than to roll back your OS upgrade, to your previously used Mac OS.

If you have wrongly installed Mac OS Sierra on a Mac that isn’t compatible, there is unfortunately not a lot you can do to fix Sierra slow problems. You just have to roll back to an older OS that your Mac’s hardware can handle.

If your Mac with OS Sierra should run properly according to the table, try Clean My Mac 3 as suggested in the first point. If that didn’t work for whatever strange reason, try applying some of the more advanced tips mentioned below. They are more technical in nature and not recommended for the amateur Mac user though.

Resource Mention – We have to mention a new resource site we came across here. It is continually updated with Mac OS Sierra fixes for small bugs. http://www.whyismymacsoslowallofasudden.com. It is a very simple site with just text and not a lot of pictures but it will help you find quick solutions to common Mac OS Sierra bugs and anomalies.

6. Enable the Optimized Storage function that Mac OS Sierra offers

Mac OS Sierra comes with a bit of disk space optimization features of its own. Though it doesn’t compare to what Clean My Mac 3 can offer, it can help in some cases.

To access this feature, go to About this Mac-> Storage -> Manage. Once there, you will see a few options to optimize storage space. Here, you will find various optimization features such as iCloud optimization. Enabling this will mean that your Mac only keeps recently accessed large files like photos and folders on your Mac’s hard drive, while archives are uploaded to the cloud, thereby freeing up disk space.

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Use Mac OS Sierra’s optimized storage options to fix Sierra slow problems

The option called optimize storage will also do something similar to iCloud optimization in the sense that it will clean up your iTunes a lot. Using an algorithm, it will help you delete downloaded shows and audio that you do not access anymore.

The optimize trash option is just a over complicated way to make emptying your trash a choice. When you enable this option, trash that is older than 30 days old will be permanently deleted from your Mac, thereby allowing Mac OS Sierra slow problems to abate a bit.

On a side note, Sierra allows you to set an option in such a way that trash is automatically deleted after 30 days in the bin. To enable this option, go to Finder -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Check the box that says “Remove items from Trash after 30 days”.

Reduce clutter, the fourth option, is a more labor intensive option that will allow you to manually review large old files that have been on your Mac for a while. As you review these files, you can delete what you think you will never use, to free up disk space along the way. Depending on how long you have had your Mac and how much of a pack rat you are when it comes to storing things digital, this is a process that can free up quite a large amount of disk space, thereby helping your Mac OS Sierra run faster.

Using the above tweak can essentially mean that you fix Sierra performance problems with a new feature that Mac OS Sierra itself provides! It makes great sense to use this in-built tool to make Mac OS Sierra fast.

7. Optimize the way Mac OS Sierra Dock works

There are a few little things you can do to Dock settings, to try to speed up Mac OS Sierra. These tips will particularly help with multi-tasking, when you are toggling between various apps, to get your work done. So, if you are facing Sierra slow problems when you are particularly multitasking, by all means apply the fixes below.

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Go to System Preferences – Dock, Once there, change the prefer tabs when opening documents to the Always option. What this will do is open up a new document in an application like pages as a tabbed document inside of Pages, if it is already open. Previously, Pages would open up as a separate desktop when you wanted a new document. Opening a separate desktop version of Pages means more memory usage. Tabbed versions use less memory.

A small tweak but worth using, if you want to get that little extra while switching between various documents. You can also turn off the genie like effect that you get when an app is opened up and you can also choose to turn off animations that accompany opening of apps. Reduced eye candy is a little less fun, but it can compromise with a little extra speed when multitasking.

8. Miscellaneous tweaks for a little faster Mac OS Sierra

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Save your documents in iCloud and delete copies on your Mac OS partition. It can help fix Sierra slow problems!

Take advantage of iCloud to reduce the Mac OS Sierra partition burden – As we mentioned earlier itself, freeing up disk space on the partition where Mac OS Sierra is installed will give your Mac breathing space that might allow it to work faster or at least normally.

Turn off the screensaver option – That animation coming on and off might save your screen but it doesn’t exactly allow you to jump back with guns blazing, thanks to the little memory lag that your RAM will have, when it is shutting down the graphics. You can change this in System Preferences -> Screen Saver. To save your screen, turn on Display Sleep in system preferences. This will mean that just your screen will sleep, while your processor remains awake and nimble, ready to get back to work.

Optimize the sleep setting – Sleep is good when you are going to be away from your Mac for a long time. This is particularly helpful when you are a MacBook or MacBook Air running on batteries. But, going in and out of sleep often will take a toll on your Mac’s memory, as all plugins and apps loaded in the memory have to be refreshed each time you awake your Mac, causing it to stutter and fumble when you want to get back to work. You can use sleep, but don’t allow your Mac to sleep after every 15 minutes. As a general rule of thumb, don’t let your Mac sleep unless you are going to be gone for more than 1 hour. You can change this option in System Preferences as well.

Trim your login startup items – This is a very important tip, particularly if you think Sierra is very slow to get off the mark when you start up your Mac. Go to Users and then Login Items to see the list of apps that start up automatically, as your Mac starts up. Disable as many apps as you can here. Any app can be called up with just a click. So, be brutal and keep the absolute bare minimum here. Your Mac and Mac OS Sierra will thank you for this when you start your Mac up. Boot up times will be significantly diminished with this trick, particularly if you have a ton of apps starting up automatically.

Disable automatic updated from the App store! – In System Preferences, go to the Software Update option and disable automatic updates for apps and your Mac OS. While updates are great, you don’t want your Mac to sync up for upgrades at the wrong time, when your Mac is already struggling to keep up with a memory hogging video editing software.

The downside to this tweak however is that you must remember to manually check for updates every now and then, by enabling above mentioned options once in a while. Enable them. Install whatever updates are offered. Then disable the option again. Rinse and repeat.

9. Optimize Finder Settings

Finder is a powerful tool in that it helps you find just about anything on your Mac. This is because it always knows where what is. But then, sometimes you just don’t need to know where everything is. For example, did you know that Finder will scan your DVD drive and archive its contents, to help you find a file on it, even if you decide to seek out such a find all of a sudden. Great feature. But, if you are not going to use it, you might as well turn it off.

Go to Finder -> Preferences -> Sidebar and see where you can lighten Finder’s work load. Depending on what you do with your Mac, you will find at least a handful of options that you can disable, without affecting your Mac’s user experience.

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Why is My Mac SO SLOW All of a Sudden!?

Why is my Mac so slow? Why does it take forever to startup? Why does it freeze and throw beach balls at me every time I want to do a even a bit of multi-tasking? Why won’t my Mac work like normal? If you are frustrated by one, some or all of these questions, here’s a post that offers solutions to the question “Why is my Mac running slow”

Why is my Mac so slow all of a sudden!?

Simple fix – Using easy to use software to fix your slow Mac!

When you first bought your Mac home, it had no user data. All it had was system data that is nothing but OS X data that is needed to run the operating system. The moment you plug in your Mac and boot it up, all kinds of user data is churned up. Logs, caches, binary files, documents that you save, edit, copy etc all start to gradually but steadily build up. There is a very good chance that your Mac didn’t slow down days after you brought it home from the store, right?. There is a very good chance it did’t slow down after a few weeks either.

But, over months, this user data can start to suffocate your Mac’s hard disk. especially if all that clog is accumulating in the OS X Partition of your Mac, otherwise known as the partition on your hard drive where your OS X is installed.

The good news is that this is very, very fixable, and very easy as well. In fact, this simple fix is one of the leading fixes for most of the mac running slow problems out there. All you need is a easy click to use software that will fix this particular issue with the help of just two clicks. A program like Clean My Mac 3 is one such program, highly respected by the Mac user community, having worn awards from leading tech sites like Cnet, About.com, Tucows, just to name a few. The program eliminates logs, unnecessary junk like binaries, language files, caches and other such file systems that are of no use to your Mac. When it finds and deletes such junk, your Mac’s hard disk has more breathing space. Try Clean My Mac 3 for FREE.

When your Mac’s hard drive can breathe better, it is able to help your Mac’s RAM, giving it a helping hand as additional memory that will in turn assist the processor. You see, the thing is that a Mac or any other computer for that matter is designed to use the hard disk as secondary memory that will assist RAM, the primary source of memory. Load your hard disk to the tilt and your RAM and processor will without a doubt struggle as there is no secondary memory for your processor to work with, should RAM run out during a system or user initiated process.

This is where Clean My Mac 3 can really help you. It is a program that comes with a free trial that you can check out to see if it can fix your Mac. All it takes is a couple of clicks and about 10-20 minutes when it runs in the background, cleaning up your Mac’s hard drive and freeing up valuable OS X partition disk space that will in turn dramatically help your Mac’s processor performance.

You can try Clean My Mac 3 here, available for a FREE download.

Why is my Mac so slow to boot up? 

If your why is my Mac so slow all of a sudden question only related to the boot-up process, which seems to be taking forever, the fix below should most probably give you a permanent solution.

When your Mac boots up, a lot of things happen. Your OS X checks a million things to make sure your computer is set up to work right. Additionally, it also has to load up programs that you might have set to start up when you start your Mac.

For example, if you have weather widgets that always show you what temperature it is outside, this is a user-set startup process that begins right when you boot up your Mac. While things like weather widgets are convenient to use, having many such startup processes can start to slow down your Mac’s boot up time, sometimes quite significantly.

Another problem with boot-up is that some software programs automatically configure themselves to run at start up when you install them, even though you don’t always need them running in the background.

This is why it makes sense to edit your Mac’s startup list from time to time, to help you figure out why your Mac is so slow when booting up.

To edit your startup list, go to System Preferences – System – Users and Groups (Select the User Name you use) – Login Items and skim through the list of programs that automatically start up. Remove as many items as you can from this list. Remember that all of these program will remain installed on your Mac, even if you boot them off this list. You can then always call them up by just double clicking on the icon for the program, through OS X.

Don’t delete, only uninstall!

If you didn’t want an application on your Mac and just deleted the software’s folder, you didn’t do it right. Why is my mac so slow, that too all of a sudden for no reason? Maybe because you deleted a bunch of programs instead of uninstalling them. Deleting isn’t the same as uninstalling. When you just delete an application’s files, you are doing more harm than good as you will not be getting rid of system generated data related to that application. Your OS X will have a lot of logs, caches and registry entries that will continue to exist even after you delete an application’s files.

However, if you uninstalled an app or program that you don’t want, you are removing all traces of it, meaning that you are letting your OS X know that you absolutely don’t need this program.

Clean My Mac 3, mentioned in the first point, has a fantastic uninstaller that allows you to select programs that you want to uninstall with just a click, then uninstalling such programs with all but just a click. Don’t delete but uninstall the program, preferably with a program like Clean My Mac 3.

Use Activity Monitor

Activity Monitor is an excellent native app that gives you great diagnostic wisdom that will help you track down a performance issue on your Mac. Here’s our quick post on how to use Activity Monitor to diagnose your Mac’s performance issues.

Keep Mac OS X updated

Apple very regularly rolls out updates to its OS X. Whether you have slow El Mac Os Sierra, Yosemite or Mavericks or one of the older versions, chances are that an update could be around the corner. An update usually provides your Mac with patches and code improvements that can substantially improve Mac performance.

So, sometimes, why is my mac so slow is a question that is simply answered with an OS X update. It is recommended that you keep OS X updates automatic on your Mac. To do this, go to Apple Menu – Software Update – Check box for automatic updates. Once you do this, your Mac will notify you of all updates available, as and when they are available in the future. It will also prompt you to update your OS X if an update is readily available at that moment.

Shut down your Mac once in a while

If you are one of those users who believes in always putting your Mac to “sleep” rather than shut it down, it is time to change that habit. Shutting down your Mac once or twice a week can mean that important system processes can be corrected, something that may happen only when your Mac restarts.

Since your Mac doesn’t restart when you bring it back from sleep, it is important that you remember this tip. If you ask why is my mac so slow not suddenly but only after sleep, this tip is your solution. All you need to do is shut down and restart.

Repair disk permissions to speed up your Mac

Why is my mac so slow? Maybe because you haven’t repaired the disk! Well, we aren’t talking about a physical disk repair. We are talking about disk permissions repair. This will work only when applicable but when it does, it can do wonders for your Mac’s performance. To run a disk permissions repair, go to Applications – Utilities – Disk Utility – Select Hard Drive – Verify Disk Permissions – Repair Disk Permissions (After scan is complete). Don’t worry. Even if nothing is wrong with your disk permissions, running a repair of disk permissions will not do any harm.

Once this process is done, restart your Mac to see if it runs faster.

We hope at least one if not many of the above solutions helped you answer your question as to why is my mac so slow? If not, please do read the home page for more tips. The home page is geared more towards fixing Mac performance issues specifically related to El Capitan but it can certainly give you a few extra ideas about what you can do. So, to conclude, if you still ask why is my mac so slow or if you are still moping around because of mac running slow problems, don’t worry, it is most probably very, very fixable. If your Mac slowed down suddenly, one of these fixes should have invariably fixed it. If not, please contact us using the comment box below and we will try to help you individually.

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