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Improve Yosemite Performance

Whilst it is great that most 7-8 year old Macs can run the very latest Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) you may find that it considerably slows down these Macs. Yosemite adds loads of new features wrapped around a complex graphical interface, however these nice graphical touches can degrade the overall performance. Here are a few little adjustments you can make to take the burden off your graphics chip and claw back a bit more performance on these older models.

1) Reduce Transparency : Open up System Preferences, click on Accessibility and place a checkmark next to Reduce Transparency.

2) Disable Notifications : Click on the Notification Center icon in the upper-right corner of the screen of the menu bar. This opens up the Notification Center, then click on the Today tab if it isn’t there already and then click Edit down at the bottom. Select each of the red delete buttons next to each widget to remove them from the Notification Center and then click Done at the bottom to save the changes.

3) Adjust the Minimize Window Effect : Open up System Preferences and click on Dock. Find the Minimize windows option and change it from Genie effect to Scale effect.

4) Automatically Hide and Show the Dock : Open up System Preferences and click on Dock. Place a tick in the Automatically show and hide the Dock.

5) Try to simplify your desktop : by reducing the number of your icons and folders that you keep on the desktop and having a simpler desktop picture or pattern.