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10 Tips to Speed Up the Slow OSX Mavericks

This post is guest article submitted by Sarah Cooper who lives with the motto of "Live The Life Being What You Are"


OS X Mavericks are optimized to run on a variety of Macs. Sometimes issues cause a slowness of the OS X Mavericks and we need to get away with these issues, so that the Mac runs as fast as possible.


The speedup of OS X Mavericks are done with the Ten following tips:


Tip #1: On iTunes

The iTunes may get bloated with all the media files. As the size increases with more and more of media and music, so also is a decrease in the responsiveness of the iTunes. This results in a slow iTunes library and the option is the building of a second library. The second library will be used for the archiving the media and the music files.


There is no direct method of swapping media from one library to another. A play list is created of all the moveable items and these are then dragged and dropped into the folder on the desktop. We open the new library that was created and then all these files are dropped on iTunes. Later, we make it sure that all these items in the original library are deleted. The performance improves with the archival of these less-used files.




Tip #2: Actually Delete Files

The Mac responsiveness is boosted with the help of more free disk space. A deletion actually does not truly delete files. The free space occupied by these files exist till the space is overwritten. The tips for the creation of more free spaces on the Mac HDD is done, following the tips to delete the files actually by:

  • Disk Utility is launched
  • The Finder is used for emptying the Trash
  • The computer hard drive is selected
  • The Erase tab is selected
  • Erase free space button is pressed
  • The dialog box which appears will allow the user to choose from the Fastest and the Most Secure options, with the help of the sliding scale, writing over the unused space. The Fastest is chosen for a simple type of overwriting free space
  • Erase free space is clicked

Tip #3: Safari

There has been improvements in the way the Safari browser in Mac handles memory and also the Flash video is not run without being requested by the user. However, there are performance issues when the multiple browser windows and tabs are opened.


One solution for this, can be in the form of the installation of the Memory Clean, showing active memory on Mac. This will ensure the reclaim of unused memory.

The Safari performance guides suggest that the user need to reset the Safari, by emptying the cache and resetting the Safari. The favicons and the preferences are erased. The plug-ins are disabled.


With a lagging performance of the Safari, the best option is to quit and the app is re-launched. Twitter and Facebook, which are memory hoggers are not to be run in the background.


Tip #4: Finder Files Review Are Disabled

A thumbnail preview of the file has to be generated from the list displayed in the Finder Window on the Mac.


We can disable the icon previews in the Finder with the step:


View > Show View Options (Or Command + J in Finder)

The Show icon preview is disabled


Tip #5: Checking Activity Monitor

Activity Monitor resides in the: Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor.


The Activity Monitor can help to view CPU Usage and allocated memory for the Mac. There are various views that are seen, with the tabs on top, for finding the cause of the Mac slowdown.




Tip #6: Closure of Apps

Considerable memory can be saved from the closure of the apps, that are not much used.


Tip #7: Updating of Mac and the Apps

Software glitches are the causes for the unwanted lag in the system. The updates of the older software can fix these issues. The Mac can run faster and smoother, with an updated Mac along with the apps.


Tip #8: Restarting

A restart of the system will always resolve most of the speed related issues, after the updating of the Mac and the apps is performed. A good restart always resolves the issue of clogging of the memory.



If things are not fixed with a restart, then the restart is tried again, by holding down the Command + R keys, during the initial boot up.


This way, the Recovery Mode is launched and Disk Utility can be run, for the repair of permissions outside OS X.


Tip # 9 : Repairing Permissions on Mac

The apps in the Mac are controlled by permissions, so that one app cannot write on another app. These permissions, running in the background can slow down the Mac and generate some errors.


We can use the Disk Utility for repairing these permissions. The steps that are followed are:


Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility-> Macintosh HD is clicked- > Verify Permissions is clicked


The verification time is decided by the size of the drive and what all are installed on the drive. After the verification process is completed, then the results are displayed for the wrong permissions and these can be fixed with the help of:


Repair Permissions

If unable to resolve the issues with the permissions, then the Recovery Mode can be restarted with the Command + R and then Disk Utility is run from there, after a restart.


Tip # 10 : Visual Effects Are Stopped

The responsiveness of the OS X Mavericks are ensured by the animations provided with the OS X. The animations can be turned off by the following:


System Preferences >Dock is clicked > Minimize windows is set using the Genie Effect to Scale Effect > Animate opening applications and Magnification are unchecked



This way of solving the speedup of the Mac can be taken as the last resort.

Some other useful way to increase the speed of Mac can be to remove the login items. This is to avoid the loading of the installed apps, whenever Mac is started, thereby slowing down the Mac. Another way can be the removal of unnecessary apps, consuming valuable hard disk space.


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