Mac Tune Up Basics
Basic Tips For Keeping Your Mac Clean:
Apple has done a great job with OS X and its ability to keep your Mac running smooth and fast but there are many culprits that can hog your Mac’s system resources. Before doing anything on your Mac backup your data!
- Empty your trash. Whenever a file is deleted its placed in the trash folder on your dock. Open up “Finder” and in the top menu bar select “empty trash’ from the drop down menu.
- Uninstall any unused or unwanted applications. Your hard drive may be cluttered with unnecessary software installations. Click “Applications” in your dock and drag any unused programs to the trash bin. After getting rid of these applications empty your trash bin.
- Remove cache and log files. Over time and use of applications these log/cache files get bigger and bigger. To remove user and system log files select Library, Caches/Logs from the User or your Mac’s menu, select the files and drag them to the Trash.
- Cleanup startup items.In System Preferences, Accounts, click on the Login Items tab. Uncheck any items you don’t want or need starting up when your Mac boots up.
- Now it’s time to make sure your disks are in good shape. Simply run Disk Utility (in Applications > Utilities) to verify and repair disk permissions (which determine what apps can do what with what files on your Mac) and verify and repair the disk itself. These operations take some time, and you can’t do them while other applications are running.
- Update your system. This is usually ran automatically but to check for the latest system updates click on the Apple icon in the top right corner of the screen and click “Software Update”.