If your Mac is playing up and causing you a bit of grief, try these simple Mac troubleshooting tips to get it back up and running with no hiccups.
Check Network Settings
If you are suffering from frustrating network or internet connections try these few steps…
a.) Click on your airport symbol from your toolbar and turn it off and then back on again. Sounds silly but I have to forever do this on my old MacBook to keep it connected to the Wi-Fi.
b.) Check your networking settings in System preferences. Sometime when you make even a subtle change to one item it can have an adverse effect on a element in your settings. Just make sure everything is as it should be and nothing has shiftily switched options behind your back.
Tip: If possible, lock your preferred settings once you have applied them by clicking on the padlock icon in the network preference window.
c.) Make sure your internet provider is not down, the problem may lie with them not your computer.
Force Quit Naughty Apps
If a Mac app is being stubborn and has frozen and ignoring every action you make, the obvious choice to fix this problem is to ‘force quit’ the app.
Force quitting an app on Mac is very easy…
1.) Using your cursor click on your Apple menu (the mini apple icon on the far left of your toolbar)
2.) Select ‘Force Quit’.
3.) A little window will pop up displaying all of your opened apps. For now just select the app that you are having issues with and tap the blue ‘Force Quit’ button.
Ideally that should have done the trick and you can go ahead and reopen the app back up and resume as normal. However if your Mac is still running slow you could try and force quit all the open apps and give your Mac a break for a few minutes.
What if I have Unsaved Work?
Force quitting Mac apps does not harm the application or your computer, however you may lose unsaved work.
If for example you are in the middle of writing an important document but unfortunately did not save it before the app started acting up, you could…
a.) Attempt to copy the text, ready to paste it into a new document later (that is if the app will allow this action to take place).
b.) Take a screenshot of the document so you don’t have to reply solely on your memory to rewrite out the document.
c.) Give the computer 10 minutes breathing space without touching any keys or moving your mouse. Your screen my become unstuck by itself in a few minutes.
Eject External Devices
Sometimes external devices such as USB pen drives or installed DVDs can cause your Mac to run slow. Try ejecting any external devices and see if that helps.
Note: If you can, always eject external devices correctly by dragging and dropping their icon into the trash, or for DVDs press the eject key on your Macs keyboard. Don’t just yank the external device out as that can cause more problems.
Secret tip: If you are fretting that your Mac has swallowed up a DVD for good as it is not registering it in your finder and refusing to spit it out when you press your eject key or trash the DVD icon, then give this tip a go… You can eject a disk by pressing the mouse button or Trackpad key when the Mac chimes are heard during the booting up process.
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