It's amazing how quickly we can run out of space! Just like our homes, our Mac's can benefit from some spring cleaning! Here's 5 quick tips to clean up your mac.
1. Locate Large Files You can create a search for files that are larger than a particular size. This can help you find files that are candidates to either delete or move onto an external drive. To do so, follow Apple's directions:
- In the Finder, choose Go > Home, or press Shift-Command-H.
- Choose File > Find, or press Command-F.
- Click the Kind pop-up menu, then choose Other.
- Below “Select a search attribute,” select the File Size checkbox. Make sure no other checkboxes are selected, then click OK.
- Click the “equals” pop-up menu, then choose “is greater than.” Click the “KB” pop-up menu, then choose “MB.”
- Enter a minimum file size. A good starting point is 100 MB. You can change the value to see more or fewer results.
- Searching begins as soon as you type a file size. It may take a moment for all the search results to appear.
2. Check your download's folder. The download's folder is where you computer stores all of the files that have been downloaded from the internet. Oftentimes, you have files there that are no longer needed.
3. Delete applications you no longer need With the limited hard drive space on our MacBook Air's, you may not have enough space to download every application available in self service. To free up space, you can delete apps you no longer use. Did you install the new version of Microsoft Office? You can save space by deleting the old version of Office from your Applications folder. When in doubt about deleting an app, please talk with your building's tech support first.
4. Use a File Duplicate Finding App There are application's available to help you locate and delete duplicate files on your Mac. However, great care should be taken to make sure that you don't accidentally delete something that you need! If you want to go explore this option, please talk with your building's tech support. They will have recommendations on the best apps to use.
5. Empty the Trash It sounds silly, but it's easy to forget to empty the trash after you have deleted files. Select 'Empty Trash' from the Finder menu and click ok.