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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 Keeping your Mac tidy takes hours of work. Doing this the manual way means trawling through folders upon folders of documents, files, images, music, videos, apps and email downloads, and countless more places in your Mac where junk and clutter accumulates. You don't need most of this. Your Mac would… 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... Can Macs get viruses? Do Macs get viruses? Yes, unfortunately, Macs can and often get viruses and infected with malware and other pieces of malicious software that can cause problems for users and businesses. Cybercriminals are smarter than ever, and Macs — whose users are known to, on average, earn more than those who… Read more... How to partition a Mac hard drive Mac computers, whether you have an iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or another Mac device, all have a finite amount of space. How you use it depends how quickly, or not, that space fills up and whether you need to add more space — either internally (such as upgrading to… Read more... How to repair disk permissions on Mac What are disk permissions and why do they need repairing? Disk permissions on macOS are used to keep your files secure. They’re designed so that certain programs (or other users if you share your Mac) can’t just dip into a system file they have no business with and modify it.… Read more...

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