How to Make Mac Run Like New

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this in-depth tutorial on how to make your Mac run like new! If you’ve noticed your Mac slowing down or experiencing performance issues, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to optimize your Mac and enjoy a faster and smoother experience.

Step 1: Clean up your hard drive

One of the main reasons for a slow Mac is a cluttered hard drive. Start by deleting unnecessary files and applications that you no longer use.

Use the Finder to navigate through your files and folders, and drag and drop them into the Trash bin. Make sure to empty the Trash bin afterward.


If you’re unsure about deleting certain files, consider moving them to an external hard drive or cloud storage as a backup.

Step 2: Remove unwanted startup items

When you turn on your Mac, certain applications automatically launch in the background, which can slow down its startup time. To manage these startup items:

  1. Click on the Apple menu located at the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select “System Preferences”.
  3. In the System Preferences window, click on “Users & Groups”.
  4. Select your user account, then click on the “Login Items” tab.
  5. Select any unnecessary apps, then click on the “-” button to remove them from startup.


If you’re unsure about an application’s purpose or if it’s safe to remove it from startup, consult online resources or the application’s official website.

Step 3: Update your software

Keeping your Mac up to date is crucial for optimal performance. Here’s how you can update your software:

  1. Click on the Apple menu located at the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. In the System Preferences window, click on “Software Update”.
  3. If any updates are available, click on the “Update Now” button to install them.


It’s recommended to enable automatic updates for smoother and hassle-free software updates in the future.

Step 4: Manage your desktop

Your desktop can become cluttered with files and folders, which can impact overall system performance. Consider organizing your desktop by:

  • Moving unnecessary files and folders to appropriate locations within your Documents folder.
  • Creating folders to group related files together for easy access.
  • Deleting any unnecessary shortcuts or aliases.


You can use the Stacks feature in macOS to automatically organize files on your desktop based on file type, date modified, or tags.

Step 5: Reset SMC and PRAM/NVRAM (optional)

If you’re still experiencing performance issues after following the previous steps, you might consider resetting the System Management Controller (SMC) and Parameter RAM (PRAM) or Non-Volatile Random-Access Memory (NVRAM). These can help resolve certain hardware-related issues. However, proceed with caution and consult official Apple documentation or support if unsure.


By following these steps, you can optimize your Mac and bring it back to its former glory. Remember to regularly clean up your hard drive, manage startup items, update your software, and keep your desktop organized. With these tips in mind, you’ll enjoy a faster and smoother Mac experience.

Thank you for reading!

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