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Alexander Skogberg

UX / UI Designer

UX / UI Designer based in Stockholm. I dig design systems, accessibility, and loud rock music.

4 tips for cleaning up your Mac

The new year has arrived and lots of people are starting it off by staying sober, getting a gym membership or starting a new healthy diet. As usual, I like to kick it off by cleaning up my Macbook.

Here’s my four best pieces of advice.

1. Buy CleanMyMac 3

CleanMyMac 3 icon

CleanMyMac 3 by MacPaw is, in my opinion, the best app for freeing up hard drive space by finding and deleting:

  • Duplicate photos
  • Bloated caches
  • Unnecessary email attachments
  • Large and old files
  • Long system logs
  • Unused language files
  • Seldom used apps

CleanMyMac 3 is smooth, easy to use, explanatory and has saved me lots and lots of gigabytes. It’s my number 1 tool for keeping my Macbook healthy.

Just download it and you’re almost done.

2. Remove shared Dropbox folders

If you’re running Dropbox there’s probably some shared folders you want to keep, but don’t need to store locally on your Mac.

To do this, follow these instructions:

  1. Click on the Dropbox icon in your menu bar at the top of your screen.
  2. Click the gear icon, then select Preferences.
  3. Go to the Account tab, then select the account you’re running.
  4. Find the Selective Sync, then click Change Settings.

Now you can unmark the folders you don’t want to store locally.

3. Put content on an external hard drive

Yes, all the cool kids are using cloud services today. But a nice and affordable USB 3.0 powered external hard drive from Western Digital is a great place to put content you want to keep, but don’t access that often.

Just remember to back up the data.

4. Move documents to Google Drive

If you’re just doing basic word processing, you don’t need iWork och Microsoft Office. Just move your documents to Google Drive.

Since I started working six years ago, I’ve gotten by using Google Drive for creating, editing and storing documents. I even use it for all my lecture presentations.

This is all I have for now. Is there anything I should add? Let me know in the comment section.


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