Slow MacBook Air? Try a MacBook Air PRAM Reset (and other easy fixes)

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MacBook Air PRAM Reset May Speed Up Your Machine

My MacBook Air is the bedrock of my professional life. And I expect it to run speedy for me wherever I am. If you’re the same way, but unfortunately have a MacBook Air that’s dragging, you can try a MacBook Air PRAM reset. Note: Mac models that are several years old have PRAM (Parameter RAM) and newer models have NVRAM (nonvolatile random-access memory). The reset steps are the same for both types of memory and will accomplish the same outcome.

Before you do that…

One of the simplest ways to speed up your computer is through software built for this purpose. We recommend CleanMyMac 3 from MacPaw .CleanMyMac 3 is simple: it rids your MacBook Air of useless junk files and cleans up your start program list. CleanMyMac 3 is the most popular cleaning program among the Mac user community

PRAM Reset

To complete a MacBook Air PRAM reset,

  • Shut down your Mac,
  • When you turn it on  immediately press and hold: Option +Command +P +R
  • Release the keys after about 20 seconds (your Mac might appear to restart)

On Mac computers that play a startup sound, you can release the keys after the second startup sound.

Be sure to open System Preferences and check basic settings that may change via a reset (such as sound volume, display resolution, startup disk selection, or time zone.)

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