The MacPaw How-Tos

Learn about the inner workings of your Mac and how to make it run better!

How, why and when to boot Mac in Safe Mode Reasons to start your Mac in Safe Mode Mac's Safe Mode minimizes the applications you have available on your Mac to help identify where any issues might be coming from. Starting up your computer and making it run in Safe Mode is also known as a safe boot (safe boot… Read more... How to check RAM usage on Mac The simplest answer to the question: how much RAM do I need for my Mac is ‘as much as possible.’ You can never have too much RAM, whereas having too little can seriously affect the performance of your Mac. Sadly, however, it’s not quite as simple as that. Adding extra… Read more... How to use System Preferences on Mac System preferences in Mac OS X or macOS as we now call it is the key to making changes to a whole raft of different settings on your Mac. Everything from changing your desktop background to sharing files and folders is configured using System Preferences. Where is System Preferences on… Read more... How to use the Terminal command line in macOS The Terminal app allows you to control your Mac using a command prompt. Why would you want to do that? Well, perhaps because you’re used to working on a command line in a Unix-based system and prefer to work that way. Terminal is a Mac command line interface. There are… Read more... How to show hidden files on your Mac Your Mac has a secret. Thousands of them in fact, in the form of hidden files and folders lurking on its hard drive or SSD. Don’t worry, though. These files and folders are all supposed to be there. In fact, many of them are essential. Many of these files are… Read more... How to transfer files to a new Mac using Migration Assistant Buying a new Mac is hugely exciting. But if there’s one thing that takes the edge off the thrill, it’s the prospect of transferring files from your old Mac to the new one. It’s not just documents, of course, it’s applications, settings files, caches and everything else that’s involved in… Read more... Best app cleaners for Mac: How to uninstall apps completely Far too many Macs are full of apps people don't need. Removing apps is not the easy task many would assume. Apps have a way of taking up space all over your Mac, which means simply deleting them won’t always clear up as much memory as you would hope. With… Read more... 5 free Mac cleaners: Get a clean and fast Mac in minutes We clean our rooms and clothes so why not our Macs? But who can waste the entire day digging through folders and files? There are so many places like music, videos, apps and email downloads, and countless more locations on your Mac where junk and clutter accumulates. In 2019 cleaning… Read more... How to clear disk space on Mac From the all-in-one solution of disk space analyzers to macOS’ own built-in offering, we’ve found the best ways to keep your system in tip-top condition. How to check disk space on Mac Most of the things that take up disk space on Mac can’t be seen from a top-level overview,… Read more... How to remove old backups from Mac Data recovery backup options can be extremely useful, especially if anything happens to your iPhone or iCloud. However, all of this data can slow your Mac down and reduce its performance, making the most sensible step to search for how to delete iCloud backup. How to prevent your Mac getting… Read more...

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