Why is Adobe CC Working Slow?

Adobe Creative Cloud is the latest version of Adobe's suite of tools for various tasks ranging from photo manipulation to page-setting and video editing.

Even though it comes with an incredible number of useful applications, Adobe CC can sometimes chug along on your system. This article will give you some useful information on what you can do to speed up operation when it comes to working with Adobe CC products.

Check Your Hardware Specs

Some people mistakenly believe that because Adobe CC is a cloud-oriented service, they can run it on any computer. That is not really the case, as even though there are a number of cloud storage options in Adobe CC, your own computer still has to do the heavy lifting when it comes to rendering and processing. Different applications included in Adobe CC have different system requirements, which you can check on Adobe's website. InDesign, for example, requires an Intel i5 CPU, while when using Photoshop, you can get away with just running on any CPU that has a single-core frequency of 2 GHz.

If you are experiencing unusual slowness, your best first bet is to check Adobe's provided system requirements for the portions of Adobe CC that you use the most. If you have hardware that does not match the provided specifications, you should upgrade those parts.

If you meet the requirements but Adobe CC apps are still slow, you can try a few other things.

Check Your Startup Apps

First of all, check the programs that run by default on system startup. Having an overwhelming amount of startup apps can eat up a lot of system resources and chances are you don't need all of those applications on a daily basis.

Open your Task Manager, then click on the tab labelled "Startup". This will contain a list of all apps that auto-start along with your system boot. Go over the list and right click, then disable any applications you don't use regularly or can do without. This can free up significant amounts of system RAM and alleviate CPU load a little as well.

Check Your Hard Drive

Finally, take a look at the state of your hard drive. If you have a very old hard drive that operates below 7200 RPM, this may also be a source of slowdown with read-write heavy applications included in Adobe CC. Additionally, you should defragment your hard drive if you have been using it for a long time. Defragmenting places files physically close to one another on the hard drive so the device head has to do less movement, saving some time.

To defragment your hard drive, right click the device in My Computer, select Properties and then click the Tools tab. In it, click the Optimize button, then select the device again in the new window and click the Optimize button.

Bear in mind that you do not need to defragment solid state drives, as this will not speed them up in any way and will only very slightly shorten their lifespan unnecessarily.

March 31, 2021

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