Hello, I've been a mac user since about 2005 (this time around...originally used IIe and IIc!) I am anything but a power user, but I tend to understand computers on a general level. My machine is a mid-2012 MBP 13" with 8gb of RAM, 750GB HDD, and a 2.9GHz Core i7. I'm running El Cap 10.11. I have a ton of hard drive space available...like 426gb free. All I do with it is surf the web, write a resume here and there, spreadsheets, etc. At any given moment, I like to have the following open (tell me if this is too much): Safari (Firefox started getting buggy, so I gave up on it,) iMail, Photos, iTunes, Messages, Stickies (about 12 open stickies,) sometimes Preview. On Safari I often have up to 20 tabs open (too many?) Everything just seems a bit slower than I would like (and not since El Cap...it's been a while.) If I go to the search feature (upper right corner...magnifying glass thingy,) and start to type it takes a few seconds for results to populate...or sometimes a few seconds for my typing to appear. If I gesture with three fingers upward, it takes a second for all of my open programs to show. Photos does not automatically bring in all the photos from my iPhone 5s anymore...not sure why. What can I do to make it snappy again? Wipe everything and re-install? I'd hate to do that as I'm not very good at it. While I'd love a newer machine, I don't think it's in the cards right now...and besides, this one seems more powerful than the cool looking new macbook (dig the gold.) Any and all help, pointers, etc. is much appreciated.