What else is slowing down my Mac?
Running stuff at login is only convenient if they don’t stop other things in their tracks, so let’s look at trimming some fat.
More icons at the right end of the menu bar can mean extra things are starting up at login
Reduce the number of apps and services that launch at start up by opening System Preferences’ Users & Groups pane, selecting your account, clicking Login Items and removing items
you don’t need. Sweeping them under the virtual carpet by checking the Hide box doesn’t actually stop them running.
Be careful not to quit vital tools like online backup daemons that are required to keep in touch with remote servers, or apps like Dropbox, which provides the menu bar icon and Finder integration for automatically syncing files with the cloud storage service.
A good rule of thumb is that the more icons you have at the right end of the menu bar (aside from system ones such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and so on), the more likely it is you’re launching a lot of processes at the point of logging in, each one of which is using a small part of your Mac’s resources. Some of these, such as Adobe Creative Cloud or Google Hangouts, don’t appear in the Login Items pane, so can’t be disabled there. Either clicking or ≈- clicking such items frequently brings up a menu, in which a Preferences option usually lets you disable automatic opening of the utility at login. Back to basics Switch to lightweight apps. As your Mac ages, it won’t have the necessary resources to run the most recent versions of every app, and even comparatively simple tools, such as Microsoft Word, will launch more slowly when running on the minimum specification than they will on the latest Macs.
Consider switching to lightweight tools, like distraction-free word processors or online office suites like Google Docs, and if you’re forced to use particular tools for business purposes, just paste the results into them for a final polish in that software (which is exactly how this feature was written).
That doesn’t mean you should put off applying updates though. As well as keeping your system safe and reducing the likelihood of losing data through external agents’ malicious doings, these frequently make use