If you have been using a Mac for quite some time now, you know why you chose it over another computer. Thanks to the speed, efficiency, and incredibly sleek design, Macs are appreciated by many people around the world.
However, it is only natural that even the most advanced and the most expensive devices might experience technical issues as they become older, and Macs are no different.
There are certain problems that are frequent between Mac users; therefore, today, we will share the solutions for these common issues.
Problem #1: Error Scratch Disks Are Full
If you are a photographer or a graphic designer, it is very likely that you have encountered the “scratch disks are full” error or will likely have to deal with it in the future. The scratch disk is the additional space on the disk that software like Photoshop creates for virtual memory.
Unfortunately, over time these disks get full and use up disk space on your computer, which may lead to a slow Mac. The easiest way to deal with this error is to use specialized software because it will ensure that you remove all of the unnecessary temporary files.
Problem #2: Low Disk Space
Low disk space on your Mac may cause your Mac to underperform. To prevent this from happening, keep track of how much free disk space you have. To check this information, click the Apple icon from the top menu, then click About This Mac, and go to the Storage menu.
Also, make sure you delete all the unneeded apps, pictures, videos, documents, and other files. To avoid your disk space from filling up, it is also recommended to start using streaming services like Netflix and Spotify. More to it, it is important that you remember to empty your Trash Bin as often as possible.
Problem #3: Not Enough Screen Space
This can be very useful and increase productivity in many different fields like logistics, graphic design, video editing, and even planning your daily tasks on a calendar or a CRM tool, displayed on a separate screen.
Problem #4: Slow Startup
If you notice that your Mac is starting up slower than it used to, you may want to review your login items. Having just a few of them is useful, especially if you launch them after starting your computer anyway. Unfortunately, a lot of apps have the option to become startup items when you agree to the terms during the installation.
To edit your startup items, click the Apple icon in the top left corner, choose System Preferences, go to the Users & Groups, and click Login Items. Now, highlight the ones you want to remove from the startup list and press the red minus button that is located at the bottom of the window.
Problem #5: Blank or Gray Screen During the Startup
Seeing a blank or grey screen instead of a normal startup requires you to boot the computer in Safe Mode. Safe Mode means starting up your Mac by using the lowest amount of drivers and software possible.
To boot the computer in the Safe Mode, turn on the computer and hold down the Shift key. Then, when you see an Apple logo on the screen, and it disappears afterward, you can release the Shift key. It will take some time to run the diagnostics on the hard disk.
Problem #6: An App Is Not Responding
When an app becomes unresponsive, it is just hanging, and there is nothing you can do, nor use it or close it the traditional way. In this situation, you can use the Force Quit option.
To activate this option, either right-click on the icon of the app in the Dock and choose Force Quit or hover over the icon with your cursor, hold down the Control key, click on the touchpad and choose the Force Quit option. The second option may be useful if you own a MacBook and do not have a computer mouse.
Problem #7: Spinning Beach Ball
If you have been noticing the spinning beach ball on your Mac’s screen quite frequently, then you need to find what is causing it to appear this often. The best way to figure out the issue is to open the Activity Monitor and check which apps are using the most CPU and Memory.
When you determine which are the apps that are using significant resources, quit them if possible and search for an alternative.