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Most Common El Capitan Issues and How to Deal With Them Is the latest OS X El Capitan slowing your Mac and causing all sorts of problems? Then you’ve come to the right place. At MacPaw we are invested in Mac performance. Today we are focusing on El Capitan, the newest Mac OS X, because we continue to receive requests to… Read more... How to Upgrade RAM on Mac OS X Is your Mac slowing down? Do you spend more and more time waiting for applications to do what you want? If so, there is a very good chance that you have high memory usage and need a Mac RAM upgrade. What is RAM? RAM stands for Random Access Memory. This… Read more... How to Clear Your Scratch Disk and Photoshop Cache on Mac If you are a macOS user who regularly works in programs like Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Photoshop, you’ve probably encountered errors relating to a "scratch disk." The most common error is Photoshop’s refusal to open along with the message "scratch disk full." If you’ve stumbled on… Read more... How to Know if an App is Safe? Deciding if an app is safe takes a bit more than just common sense. You can't just judge an app on it's looks anymore. Even Kaspersky, a world-renowned security application, had serious security issues. So the question is: how do you know know if an app is ok to download… Read more... How to Clean an SD Card on Mac Without Formatting Isn’t it frustrating when your camera gets sluggish after you put the memory card back in? Or when you connect the card to a Windows computer after your Mac, and have to browse through odd-looking files like Spotlight-V100? Both of these problems are caused by the service files OS X writes… Read more... How to Make a Slow Computer Faster Tell me if this sounds familiar. When you bought your new PC you were so happy. The speed at which you could do tasks on it was so fast, and it felt like your life was greatly improved as a result. But it’s been some time since you bought that… Read more... Other Storage on Mac eats up your Disk Space? Here are 6 tricks Labels are helpful. They take away the guesswork and make life easier.When looking at our ever-decreasing storage capacity on our Macs we see: Apps, Movies, Audio, Photos and Backups. All very clear and helpful. Then we see Mac’s storage "Other". And we’re confused. And we’re annoyed. And we’re wondering why… Read more... How to Clear Cache on a Mac You’ve probably heard and seen the term "cache" used on your Mac but do you know what it is? Cache files are basically temporary data used to speed up processes. For instance, Safari will download images on a webpage into cache so that next time you visit the site you… Read more... How to Increase Available Disk Space on Your Mac A full disk causes a lot of trouble. Your Mac will slow to a crawl, because the free space previously used as temporary memory disappears. Certain apps just won’t run and obviously, you’ll get to a point where you’ve run out of available disk space entirely. That’s the bad news.… Read more... How to Secure Empty Trash on Mac That little silver trash can on your Mac’s desktop represents an invisible Mac trash folder. Technically, items in your trash are still on your Mac, as you can drag them right back out. To delete those items, you simply empty the trash. But are they really gone? In this post,… Read more...

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