How to Op­ti­mise stor­age in macOS

Mac Format - - CLEAN UP YOUR MAC -

1 Check your stor­age

From the Ap­ple menu, choose About This Mac. Click the Stor­age tab to view a bar graph that de­tails what file types are eat­ing up your Mac’s stor­age. Place the pointer over each coloured seg­ment to view the type and space used.

2 View rec­om­men­da­tions

Click the Man­age but­ton to open the Sys­tem In­for­ma­tion app’s Stor­age Man­age­ment win­dow. By de­fault, this will open with Rec­om­men­da­tions se­lected in the side­bar, out­lin­ing sev­eral ways you can re­claim stor­age space.

3 Watched videos

If you down­load films/TV shows in iTunes, click the but­ton next to Op­ti­mise Stor­age. You may then be pre­sented with an­other sug­ges­tion: to down­load only re­cent email at­tach­ments. Tick only the changes you want to make, then con­firm.

4 Take out the trash

If you’ve a habit of chuck­ing stuff in the Trash and never emp­ty­ing it, click Turn On next to Empty Trash Au­to­mat­i­cally. Now any items in the Trash for more than 30 days will be deleted with­out you lift­ing a fin­ger.

5 Delete big files

Click Re­view Files (or Doc­u­ments in the side­bar) to see par­tic­u­larly large files re­sid­ing on your Mac. Se­lect one or more and click Delete to re­move the se­lec­tion from your com­puter. Be mind­ful that there’s no op­tion to undo.

6 Browse files

Se­lect File Browser and you’ll see some­thing like col­umn view in Fin­der. Fold­ers dis­play how much space they are tak­ing up and are sorted by size. Use this to find and re­move large fold­ers rather than just large files.

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