How to speed up a slow Macbook within minutes

Some days ago all of a sudden my Macbook became slow, so slow, it really influenced my daily performance. I had to wait a long time before I could check a single e-mail, typing was slow, applications slowly opened etc. My first thought: a lack of disk space. That was not the case. After a reboot (which sometimes helps) I didn’t notice any change. Even with a small amount of applications opened, meaning a lot less than usually, it was still not too responsive. Oh no, a virus? Fortunately, the solution was a lot easier, at least, once I found it.

A lack of disk space is often the issue

When you search online for information about speeding up your slow Macbook for sure many items will advice you to check your disk space and this can be worth checking. I found a really great tool to do so: DaisyDisk [Disclosure: This is just my personal preference, I’m not at all related to DaisyDisk and I don’t earn by mentioning them]. DaisyDisk will show you the largest folders/files. Especially many backups of for example Smartphones can in general be deleted, freeing up an amazing amount of disk space.

Because I recently cleaned my harddisk, this time this couldn’t be the cause of the dramatic slow down of my laptop.

The most easy solution ever

Thanks to Google I found a discussion at the Apple Support Community and I decided to try AppleFixitGuy’s advice. Like many others I didn’t believe it would work, but it really did! Just follow these steps:

  1. Shut down your Macbook
  2. Plug it into the power socket
  3. Hold down the left shift, option and control keys together with the power button for 10 seconds (your Macbook shouldn’t turn on)
  4. Turn on your Macbook like normal.

Hopefully it works for you as well.

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