Clean Up Your Mac Computer

From time to time, a little maintenance is needed to keep your Mac uncluttered. Here are a few tips for putting your Mac in order.

Tidy Up Your MAC

Las Vegas Computer repair – As with any maintenance or cleaning operation, the first thing you should do is simply tidy the place up a bit. Unless you’re quite fastidious, you likely have a smattering of rarely used files and folders cluttering your desktop. Find a folder to stash all those files in. By default, Apple gives you folders including Documents, Movies, Music, Pictures, and more. Most (if not all) of your files can go in one of those folders, or at least a sub-folder. Which leads us to those stray folders on your desktop: You should put them in one of the folders in your Finder. It’s easy to do-just drag and drop them to the appropriate spot. If you need to make a new folder or sub-folder, just navigate to the appropriate location in Finder, click the gear icon at the top of the window, select New Folder, and enter a title for it. If your Dock is full of applications and you want to remove a few for simplicity’s sake, just click an icon (with the application closed) and drag it off the dock. It’ll vanish in a puff of virtual smoke. This doesn’t delete the application-it simply removes the icon from your Dock.

Delete What You Don’t Need

While you’re moving files and folders hither and yon, be sure you dump items you no longer need into the Trash. This goes for files, folders, and even applications. There are likely a few applications that you no longer need or want, and there’s no reason to let them linger. You can click and drag most items to the Trash to delete them, but some applications require a few additional steps-simply dragging the application’s icon to the trash isn’t always enough. Las Vegas virus removal.

Completely Remove Applications

On a Windows Desktop, deleting an application’s icon deletes only that tiny thumbnail image-not the actual application and associated folders, which are stored elsewhere and can take up a lot of space on your hard drive. (That’s why the Add/Remove Programs tool is necessary.) But Mac applications are “bundled,” which means that the application icon is actually a dressed-up folder that contains most of the data associated with the application. (Pretty slick, huh?) Thus, if you drag the icon to the Trash, you’re actually removing the application and most of the associated folders and files. However, there are still some little files left behind. To get rid of all traces of an application, look in the Application Support and Preferences folders. To get there, click the username in the Places area f the Finder, click Library, and then click the Application Support or Preferences folders. Under each of those folders in turn, scroll down until you see a folder with the name of the application you wish to completely delete. Click and drag the folders to the trash. And remember, just as you have to drag a sack full of junk to the garbage can outside, when you’re done deleting all those files, you need to empty the Trash. Click the Trash icon on the Dock, and when it opens, click the Empty button in the upper right corner of the window. When prompted, click Empty Trash. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy your freshly uncluttered Mac.


Smart Computing | September 2011 p.36


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