Man­age stor­age in macos sierra

Dis­cover how the lat­est macOS helps to en­sure you have enough space

Mac Format - - APPLE SKILLS - Alan Stone­bridge

Re­claim wasted space with these nifty tricks

it will take

10 min­utes

you will learn

How to use macOS’s Op­ti­mized Stor­age fea­ture to re­claim space and take away much of the bother of stor­age man­age­ment as time goes by.

You’ll need

macOS Sierra. An iCloud ac­count.

One of the con­ve­niences Ap­ple has added in macOS Sierra is Op­ti­mized Stor­age, which helps you to keep plenty of space free for what­ever task you take on next.

The fea­ture is tucked away in the About This Mac di­a­log’s Stor­age tab, where there’s a new but­ton la­belled Man­age next to the break­down of how your startup disk is be­ing used. Click­ing this but­ton opens a new stor­age man­age­ment win­dow (which is ac­tu­ally part of the Sys­tem In­for­ma­tion app, lo­cated in the Util­i­ties folder; in it, choose Win­dow > Stor­age Man­age­ment).

Many of the things you can ac­com­plish in this win­dow can be done else­where in Sierra and its bun­dled apps, as long as you know where to look and are com­fort­able mak­ing al­ter­ations. How­ever, this win­dow con­sol­i­dates prime meth­ods for sav­ing space in one place, and pro­vides ad­vice on things you might have over­looked (or be un­aware of) and how much space you might be able to re­claim. Even if you con­sider your­self to be fairly in con­trol of your Mac, we urge you to at least open the app and check its rec­om­men­da­tions, some of which may re­late to older pref­er­ences you’ve al­ready dis­counted, and some that are new in Sierra.

Shared ben­e­fits

Changes you make in the win­dow (ex­cept for apps you trash) ap­ply only to the cur­rent user ac­count, but your choices will af­fect oth­ers who share your Mac. You might save even more space by ask­ing them to fol­low suit.

Be­yond the 10 min­utes this process will take you, you’ll need to al­low some ex­tra time for your Mac to do its part – to process pho­tos, say, which de­pends on other fac­tors such as li­brary size, whether you’ve al­ready en­abled iCloud Photo Li­brary, and your up­load speed.

If you turn on iCloud Drive’s abil­ity to keep only re­cently used files on your Mac as space gets low, files ap­pear in Finder where you left them, but with a cloud and ar­row icon you can click to re­down­load them ahead of time and guar­an­tee their avail­abil­ity when you are off­line – or you can dou­ble-click one to get and open it im­me­di­ately.

You can set pref­er­ences for sev­eral built-in apps in one place

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