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OS X Mavericks: If your Mac runs slowly

If your Mac runs slowly

If you find your Mac is running slowly, there are a number of potential causes that you can check.

  • An app you’re using may require more memory than your computer has easily available. To see how much memory your computer has, choose Apple menu > About This Mac. See the help that came with the app to find out what it requires. To find out how to increase your computer’s memory, see the documentation that came with your computer.

    Find the manual for your Mac

  • Quit any app that isn’t compatible with your computer. For example, an app may require a different processor or graphics card. See the documentation that came with the app to find out what it requires.
    • To see what processor your computer has, choose Apple menu > About This Mac.

    • To see what graphics card your computer has, choose Apple menu > About This Mac, click More Info, then click Displays.

  • Your computer’s startup disk may not have enough free disk space. To make disk space available, move files to another disk, then delete files you no longer need on the startup disk.

    Increase disk space

  • Quit any apps you’re not using.
  • Use Disk Utility to verify and fix any issues with your hard disk.

    If you have problems with your disk

  • Use Activity Monitor to see if a particular app or activity is making a large demand on your Mac.
Last Modified: Oct 23, 2013
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