The MacPaw How-Tos

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

How to Clean Up Duplicates in iPhoto If you frequently use iPhoto, you definitely have plenty of duplicates hidden in the depth of it. Since iPhoto is a default program on every Mac, anyone who uploads pictures usually stores them there. Sometimes, more than once, as we’ll see in this article. Duplicates in iPhoto appear of two… Read more... How to Remove Universal Binaries on a Mac? What are universal binaries? Universal Binaries are files that allow applications run both on Intel and PowerPC architectures. Your Mac has only one architecture, so you don’t need the files that provide support for another architecture and you can safely remove them. How to clean up universal binaries manually? Universal Binaries… Read more... How to Upgrade Your Mac to OS X El Capitan? OS X El Capitan has arrived and there are a few things you should know: The first, what are the installation requirements? And the second, how can you prepare your Mac for OS X El Capitan? Which Mac models can upgrade to OS X El Capitan? These ones: iMac MacBook… Read more... What is the CleanMyMac 3 Menu? The CleanMyMac 3 Menu is an important navigational and monitoring tool to make tracking your Mac’s most important readings easy. It’s beautiful sleek and light-weight design allows it to monitor your Mac while using barely any your systems resources. How can I access the CleanMyMac 3 Menu? The helper always… Read more... What is Low SSD life? Solid-state drives, or SSDs, work faster and use up less battery power than good old HDDs. The bad thing about SSDs is their limited lifespans. The even worse thing is that they can fail without warning and take all your data with them.  Low SSD life means your drive’s lifespan… Read more... What is High disk temperature? Your Mac’s hard drive works best at temperatures between 37℃ and 46℃ (99℉ and 115℉). Anything above that would be considered high disk temperature. You know the drive’s overheating when your Mac’s surface feels too hot, the fans start working louder, or you get a High disk temperature alert from… Read more... What is Heavy memory usage? Heavy memory usage means your Mac is running out of free RAM. This is the memory your Mac’s CPU can access quickly, without having to use hard drive memory. The CPU relies on RAM to run all of your processes fast, so when the system surpasses RAM capacity, things get… Read more... What is Critical battery life? The life of a MacBook battery is limited. You know it has come to an end when the battery doesn’t last as long as it used to, the Mac shuts down when there’s still a charge, or you got an alert from CleanMyMac 3. The battery can die on you… Read more... How to Uninstall Apps on Mac OS X You probably know or guess that you can remove apps by dragging them to the Trash bin, but it is not quite so. Moving the icon to the Trash works fine for deleting movies, documents or pictures, but not quite so with apps. Since trashing seems obvious to many users, we'll have to… Read more... What is Critical S.M.A.R.T. diagnostics? Your Mac’s drive has an early notification system called S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology). It keeps an eye on your disk to spot issues that can lead to drive failure. If you got a Critical S.M.A.R.T. diagnostics alert from CleanMyMac 3, it means the system has identified one of… Read more...

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