Tips and Tricks for Yosemite OS X
We tried to bring you several the most effective tips that will facilitate your Mac’s performance. These quick tricks are already built in Yosemite and they do not require any special knowledge. Just relax and follow the instructions.
#1 Disable Unwanted Extensions
Useful for getting tasks done in a flash, extensions may slow down the overall performance of the OS. Open System Preferences > Extensions > Today and uncheck all unwanted Extensions.
#2 Reduce Transparencies
The second issue is related to transparency in Yosemite. Sure, it looks pretty, but causing performance degradation is not worth it. To reduce transparency in Yosemite, perform these steps:
1) Open System Preferences.
2) Open the Accessibility Preference pane.
3) Click Display.
4) Check the option for "Reduce Transparency."
#3 Disable Power Nap
This can be a huge battery and performance consumer when enabled. Go to System Preferences > Energy Saver > Battery and turn off Enable Power Nap while plugged into a power adapter. Click on the Power Adapter tab and do the same.
#4 Turn Off Automatic Graphics Switching
Some computers have multiple graphics cards (integrated graphics on the processor for light work, and a dedicated chip for hardcore gaming). While OS X can automatically switch between the graphics processors depending on the work load, many users have found that disabling the automatic switching can help alleviate WindowServer strain on the processor.
To disable Automatic Graphics Switching, perform these steps:
1) Open System Preferences.
2) Open the Energy Saver preference pane.
3) Uncheck the option for "Automatic graphic switching" if your Mac supports this option.
This will cause the dedicated (most high performance) graphics card to always be used during normal run.
#5 Other Software
If you have third-party graphics software installed on your computer, such as software that provides an external display support, or provides additional hacks to the graphics layer in OS X, then try uninstalling that software one-by-one to see which piece of software might be causing the issue.
#6 Get Rid Of Duplicate Files
When to use: If you make copies of files on your Mac and need to free up space on the hard drive, then this useful tool can find the location of these files and help you reclaim wasted space.
Duplicate files can be found using Finder. Follow the method below:
1) Open a new Finder window
2) In the Search field, enter the wild card asterisk symbol (*)
3) Make sure the Size and Kind columns are displayed
4) Filter the results by Kind, and you will see the list of similar items
Unfortunately, this method doesn’t let you determine whether the files are true byte-level copies, but there is enough information presented to be able to make an informed decision. The process is rather slow because you need to decide which files to keep and which to delete, that is why we recommend using MacKeeper’s Duplicate Finder.
We showed you several tricks that can tackle the problem of slow Mac performance, so try following all the steps and see the result!