Get a grander per­spec­tive

Pe­ruse a bird’s eye view of ev­ery file on your Mac

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Ap­ple’s tools help you to quickly re­move big doc­u­ments from your Mac, but GrandPer­spec­tive does some­thing dif­fer­ent.

Run a scan and it vis­ually de­scribes the space taken up by files and apps on your Mac, rep­re­sent­ing ev­ery sin­gle one of them in one win­dow.

Its grid view might over­whelm at first, and it’s not as pretty as the some­what sim­i­lar DaisyDisk (£9.99, daisy­diskapp.com). How­ever, be­ing able to see the rel­a­tive size of ev­ery item on your Mac at once re­ally does give you per­spec­tive over how much space some of them take up.

Just be mind­ful when us­ing the app to not re­move any­thing you’re un­sure about, such as items in macOS’s var­i­ous Li­brary fold­ers. For the most part, stick to me­dia files (video, au­dio, books and comics), in­stall­ers, and apps you may no longer use.

GrandPer­spec­tive is avail­able for free from bit.ly/mfg­psf, or you can buy it for £1.99 from the Mac App Store.

1 Start a scan

Go to File > Scan Folder and se­lect a lo­ca­tion to scan, whether that’s the root of your Mac’s drive or your user folder. Click Scan. Dur­ing your first scan, GrandPer­spec­tive may re­quest ac­cess to things like Pho­tos.

2 View your scan

Scan­ning will take sev­eral min­utes to com­plete. Once it’s done, you’ll see a colour­ful grid of rec­tan­gles. In short, the larger ones are larger files. Click one to see its size and path in the sta­tus bar be­neath the grid.

3 Ma­nip­u­late files

Any se­lected file can be pre­viewed us­ing the Quick Look but­ton or re­vealed in Fin­der. If you want to delete it, click Delete, and it’ll be sent to the Trash. Note: the grid will not up­date un­less you click Res­can.

4 Change fo­cus

Ini­tially, GrandPer­spec­tive has you se­lect and work with in­di­vid­ual files. But you can use the ‘Move fo­cus up’ but­ton to se­lect the con­tain­ing folder. ‘Move fo­cus down’ drills down again, and ‘Re­set fo­cus’ re­verts to de­faults.

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