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Macintosh


OSX Tuneup

Is your Mac slow? Then maybe it's time for a tuneup. Try these steps to speed up your Mac.

  1. Uninstall third-party applications you no longer use.

    1. Click on Macintosh HD Applications
    2. Open programs you are not familiar with to see what they are and if you want to delete them. If the application has an uninstall option inside the folder, use it. Otherwise, just drag the unwanted applications to the Trash


  2. Delete Preferences files
    Preferences files contain your customized settings for applications. If you deleted some applications above, then you can also delete their preferences files.

    1. Click on Finder Go Home Library Preferences
    2. Look through the list and drag the preferences for applications you have just deleted into the Trash (or Control-click and select Delete). If you do not know what application a preference file is associated with, do not delete it


  3. Disk First Aid
    Disk First Aid is a basic diagnostic and repair utility that is included with your Mac OS. Its primary function is to check your Mac's hard drive for any directory corruption or damage and, if possible, make any necessary repairs.

    1. Click on Finder Go Utilities Disk Utility
    2. Make sure the First Aid tab is selected
    3. Select the volume you wish to repair
    4. Click the Repair button

  4. To repair or verify the startup disk: (NEVER use a OS 10.3 (Panther) CD on a 10.4 (Tiger) machine)

    1. Insert your Mac OS X CD-ROM disc or Restore DVD disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key
    2. Select Disk Utility from the Installer menu
    3. Click on the First Aid tab
    4. Select one or more disks at top of window (press and hold SHIFT to select multiple disks)
    5. Click the Repair button

  5. Delete cache from web browser