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Like many people, you might be used to Windows PCs and know how to optimize them and make them run better. But what if you’re switching to a Mac? What should you do to when the time comes when your computer slows down or no longer functions as efficiently as it used to?

Well, there’s no need to fear since optimizing a Mac isn’t that complicated. To help you get started, here are some tips you can use to get your Mac back up and running:

Check the startup programs

If you notice that your Mac is slow to start when you turn it on, it may have too many startup programs (i.e. applications that are set to run when your computer turns on). Find out what these programs are by going to System Preferences on the Apple Menu and removing non-essential software from the startup list.

Know what’s taking up your CPU space

Do you know which processes are currently running on your Mac? If you don’t, open the Activity Monitor to find out what programs running on your computer and which ones are using up a lot of your CPU resources. If these resource-hoarding programs aren’t important, make sure to close them.

Learn how to completely close applications

Clicking the red X button doesn’t mean that programs are completely closed. In most cases, they just run in the background, taking up resources even when they’re not in use. This isn’t usually a problem, but closing these programs can help speed up your Mac if it’s running slowly. You can do this by checking your dock to see which icons have a dot beside them, right-clicking on these icons, and clicking “Quit”.

Change your browsing habits

Opening many web browser tabs at the same time may seem like an innocent habit, but it can actually contribute to your Mac’s slowness. Open just a couple of tabs at a time and remove unnecessary extensions from your browser.

These are just some of the things you can do to optimize your Mac. There are many more strategies to speed up your computer, and you can try them to see which ones work.