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by Tom Nelson

Question: When I turn my Mac on, it displays a flashing question mark for quite a while, sometimes as long as a minute or so, before booting. Is this anything I should worry about?

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The flashing question mark is your Mac’s way of telling you that it’s having trouble finding a bootable operating system. Normally, your Mac will start the boot process fast enough that you’ll never notice the flashing question mark on the display.

 While the question mark is flashing, your Mac is checking all available disks for an operating system it can use. If it finds one, your Mac will finish booting. From the information in your question, it sounds like your Mac does eventually find a disk it can use as the startup drive, and finishes the boot process. You can shorten, well, actually eliminate, the search process by selecting a startup disk in System Preferences.

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by Tom Nelson

Does your Mac seem possessed at times? When it’s running an app, does it seem less like a fleet-footed bunny and more like a stumbling zombie?

If you think you just heard your Mac mutter “brains!” and you haven’t installed any Halloween-based themes, it’s time to get your hands dirty and clean out your Mac to speed up its performance.

Why Is My Mac Slowing Down?

Setting aside Halloween ghosts as possible culprits, there can be quite a few reasons why your Mac is acting like a zombie.

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Happily, most of the causes for a drop in Mac performance can be easily fixed, sometimes with just a change or two in how a few apps or utilities are used, perhaps by performing a bit of housekeeping and cleaning up your Mac’s storage, or by giving your Mac’s OS a hand, and clearing out some of the accumulated grunge that has collected over time to free up drive space.

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by Tom Nelson

It seems embarrassingly obvious, but one of the easiest ways to keep your email under control is to organize it in folders, or as the Mail app in the Mac OS calls them, mailboxes. Instead of keeping everything in your Inbox, or piled into one or two mailboxes, you can organize your email the same way you organize documents in a file cabinet.

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Mail’s Sidebar

Mailboxes are listed in the Mail sidebar, which makes them easily accessible with just a click.

Depending on the version of Mail that you’re using, the sidebar and its Mailboxes may not be visible. If you’re not seeing the sidebar, you can easily enable this helpful feature:

  1. From Mail’s View menu, select Show Mailbox List.
  2. You can also toggle the sidebar on or off using the Mailboxes button in the Favorites bar (the Favorites bar is the small button bar just below Mail’s toolbar).
  3. By the way, if you’re not seeing the toolbar or the Favorites bar, you’ll find the View menu contains options for turning them on or off.

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