“The only place I like seeing a beach ball is at a beach or in a stadium during a baseball game or concert,” Matt Elliott writes for CNET.

“The one place I least like to see a beach ball is on my aging MacBook Pro, where the spinning beach ball has become an altogether too familiar a sight,” Elliott writes. “If your Mac has become frustratingly slow, there are a number of ways you can speed it up again.”

Elliott writes, “Before you engage in any maintenance, I would urge you to take caution and back up your data. For Macs, it’s easy: grab an external drive and run Time Machine. With your Mac’s drive freshly backed up, you may proceed.”

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MacDailyNews Take: A good overview of the basics to keeping your Mac running as well as it can.