Tips and Tools


Finding the Memory Thieves

Watch out for Widgets: Go into the Utilities folder and start your Activity Monitor. This will show you what applications are running and what processes are going on in the computer. You will also find out what apps and processes are taking up the most memory. Look at some of the processes that are not necessary for what you are doing with your computer and make note of them. This is going to make cleaning the startup much easier. Change your preferences for what programs are going to start when you turn on the computer. You can turn off the ones you do not need. It can make the computer turn on and “move” a bit faster when you are using it. WIDGETS that you have on your desktop could be stealing quite a bit of your memory as well.

Unnecessary Apps and Files - Look at your applications folder and all of the programs and applications you have there. How many of those applications are you using regularly? How many did you install, use once, and forget you even had? It’s time to remove those programs and all their associated files so you can clean out your Mac’s memory. You can find some cheap and even free programs that can help you clear them out if you do not want to take the time to uninstall them and find all the associated files on your own.

Now it’s time to run Disk Utility, which you will find in the Utilities section of the computer. This will repair your disks so computer runs more efficiently. This process can take quite a bit of time, so make sure you have something else you will be able to do in the meantime.

Dealing with Your Battery and Troubleshooting Memory - When you find you are having trouble with your Mac’s battery life, the first thing you will want to do is calibrate it to make sure it is accurate and you really are dropping significant battery power. One of the best apps you can find in the Mac App Store is Battery Health. The app will let you know all of the important information about your battery including the battery capacity, the current charge level and power usage, and even how many times you’ve charged it. This is great for keeping an eye on your battery and knowing when you actually need to replace it.

You see, all batteries are going to have a finite lifetime. When your battery gets older and simply cannot hold a charge, you might find it is time for a new battery. You could also consider resetting the system management controller to get a bit more life from your battery. If you are still having trouble, do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-831-4569 or by email at  We are able to offer live help on the other end and we don’t make you go through a difficult directory system to get the help you need. Just call us and we can help. We have a selection of Mac batteries that are perfect for those who have batteries on their final charges.

Updates - Something else you want to consider when it comes to the speed, health, and life of your computer is updates. How often do you see there is an update and simply ignore it? Never ignore those updates – they are for the good of your computer, and they do not usually take long to install.