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Multitasking on your computer should be painless, but it often leads to slowdowns, freezing, crashing, ... and lots of needless frustration. The reason? If you don’t have enough RAM to handle everything you’re doing – every word you’re typing anywhere, every photo you’re viewing, every spreadsheet you’re editing, every video and browser tab you have open – your system slows to a crawl. It’s even more important because everyone is a multitasker. Solve the problem by simply installing more memory and multitasking better than ever before!
PCs and Mac® systems have ways to see exactly how much RAM your computer is using and what’s eating away your available memory.
|On a PC system||On a MAC® system|
|Press CTRL + Shift + Esc at the same time||In the Finder app, click Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor|
Once you’ve opened the program (called Task Manger on PCs and Activity Monitor on Macs), here’s the type of information you’ll see and how you can use this information to improve your multitasking and work faster. What you see may appear slightly different, but you’ll get the same key information.
The more you do on your computer, the more RAM you need. Period. It pays to quickly see how much memory you’re using and how much room you have left to do other things. Depending on your system and the apps you’re using, when you’re using about 70% or more of your RAM, your computer is in danger of significantly slowing down, freezing, or crashing (if it hasn’t done so already). This threshold is even more pronounced with smaller RAM capacities, as each MB of memory represents a greater percentage of your total memory capacity. This is why there are different danger zones for different capacities.
|Percent of RAM you’re using||60%||70%||80%|