If you’ve tried everything else and still want to make your Mac run faster, roll up your sleeves, crack your knuckles and prepare to take on a challenge. The Terminal is your direct portal to OS X’s kernel. There are no menus or tick boxes to negotiate here. We’re back to old school computing, setting up configuration options at the command prompt. Scary? Not really.
In many cases you can access features you won’t find anywhere else in the system. In others, it’s faster to tap out a quick command than negotiate your way through obscure control panels, menus and dialogue boxes.
If you’ve never used the Terminal before, you’ll find it in the Utilities folder in Applications. It’s easier still to find in Launchpad, in the Utilities group. Once you open it, you’ll be faced with a blinking cursor, a blank window and a lot of possibilities. It’s time to tune up your Mac.