Main­tain your Mac with OnyX

Ac­cess hid­den fea­tures of OS X, do main­te­nance and clean up your ma­chine

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Ac­cess hid­den fea­tures of OS X, do main­te­nance and clean up your ma­chine

Think of OnyX as a Swiss Army knife for your Mac. It in­cor­po­rates a num­ber of tools which al­low you to carry out main­te­nance and clean­ing, ver­ify your startup disk and file struc­ture, and ac­cess hid­den pa­ram­e­ters so you can cus­tomise how the OS and many of its in­cluded ap­pli­ca­tions work.

OnyX in­cor­po­rates two other tools from the same com­pany, Main­te­nance and Deeper. So if you use it, you won’t need ei­ther of those. Though, for ex­am­ple, if you only want the cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions, and find the in­ter­face of OnyX a lit­tle in­tim­i­dat­ing, Deeper is more straight­for­ward to use.

The good news is that all three ap­pli­ca­tions are free to down­load and use. The bad news is that doc­u­men­ta­tion and sup­port is very limited. That’s where we come in. Over the next cou­ple of pages, we’ll show how you can use OnyX to make sure your Mac runs smoothly all the time and that you have it set up just the way you want it.

A word of warn­ing. OnyX can’t de­stroy your sys­tem, but things you do while work­ing in OnyX may pro­duce un­ex­pected re­sults, in­clud­ing mov­ing or delet­ing files. So be­fore you start, be sure to back up your Mac. Kenny Hemphill

OnyX may pro­duce un­ex­pected re­sults. So be­fore you start, be sure to back up your Mac

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