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Speed Up Your APS MacBook

There are many reasons why our APS issued MacBooks might run slow.  Regular care and maintenance of your issued device can help it run smoother and faster so you can be a success.  Here are some easy-to-follow tips that can help you get your laptop back up to speed and you back to work.

Some of the most commonly reported issues include:

  • Apps become slow, freeze, or crash
  • The fan is running loudly
  • The browser is slow to load pages.

HOW TO speed up APS MacBook


Restart your Mac

It sounds obvious, but it is the most common step that students and staff can do to ensure a faster processing machine. Just like a good night’s sleep a restart can solve most issues.

  • Select the Apple  logo in to the top left corner of the screen > Restart…

For maximum efficiency this should be done at most daily, or at least 2-3 times a week.

Directions from Apple

Apple >About This Mac, System Preferences, App Store..., Recent Items, Force Quite Finder, Sleep, > Restart, Shut Down.., Lock Screen.

"Are you sure you want to restart your computer now?...If you do nothing, the computer will restart automatically in 47 seconds. Reopen windows when logging back in, Cancel> Restart"


Close unnecessary applications

Another cause of Macs running slow is too many applications running at the same time.

Take a moment to check now. Are there any applications open on your Mac that are stuck?

  • Press the command ⌘ + option/alt + escape keys at the same time.
  • Then select the app in the Force Quit window and click Force Quit.

Directions from Apple

Force Quit Applications - If an app doesn't respond for a while, select its name and click Force Quit. > Google Chrome (Highlighted), Microsoft Teams, Preview, System Preferences, Finder. You can open this window by pressing Command-Option-Escape. Force Quit (button)

Force Quit Apps Confirm


Check Storage Space

If your MacBook is low on available storage place, this will cause your MacBook to slow down.  Here’s how to check your storage:

  1. Select the Apple  menu > About This Mac > Storage.
  2. Once the information is loaded, you’ll be able to see a colorful breakdown of your disk space.

Select the Manage button and enable Apple’s built-in storage optimization tools.  If you run into issues where you you do not have free storage space (some larger applications, videos, or photos can do that) or you cannot remove specific files/file types the you might need to submit a Student Technical Support Ticket to request and have your laptop reimaged.

Directions from Apple

Student MBA Storage Space Check


Declutter your Desktop

Another simple and easy tip is to remove the clutter on your Desktop; if you use Stacks because it’s all nicely organized, it’s easy to forget what is lurking. Take a moment to clean up the clutter on your Desktop.

If you aren’t using Stacks but want to, it’s effortless to enable it:

  1. Select anywhere on your Desktop
  2. Right click (or two finger tap)
  3. From the menu, choose Use Stacks

Directions from Apple

Text of Mac Desktop right click window saying "New Folder, Get Info, Change Desktop Background..., Use Stacks (highlighted), Sort By, Clean Up, Clean Up By, Show View Options