Apr 27 2009
Keeping your Mac properly tuned is important. Like an oil-change, you Mac needs some maintenance every now and then.
This utility locates empty folders, aliases and duplicate files, and trashes them (upon your request). This is a great way to shake out the dust from old backups and moved files.
Main Menu gives you menubar access to common actions like repairing permissions, updating prebindings and force-emptying the trash. Its home in the menubar serves as a great reminder to use it.
This is another application that will save you some trips to the Terminal. From it you can run a bunch of OS X’s built-in command line utilities.
We’ve featured this utility before. Monolingual tosses all your unused languages from your system. This can free up a significant amount of space. It has been updated to work in Jaguar and Panther.
Now you can ditch your DS_Store files before burning directories to CD or sharing them with PC users which might be confused by the not-so-invisible-anymore files.
This interesting application will hide folders applications have created and use in your Documents folder. Once hidden, the applications can still use them, but you no longer have to look at them.
Here’s another way to get your documents in order. This utility digs through your Home folder and lets you look at the contents by size and date. It also helps you find duplicates for disposal.
We’re deleting things left and right, but sometimes sensitive files should be really deleted. This simple free application deleted and overwrites your file three times to ensure it won’t come back to haunt you.
While we’re all about appearances here, this Power User Monday will help you tame your invisible files.
Before you go anywhere, you might want to check last year’s spring cleaning episode for more free utilities. If you’ve procrastinated too much, you might need to hit James’s Emergency Repairs tutorial from Power User Monday.
Of course, any time you’re altering your system and its files, you should use caution. Back up often, and read documentation! Have fun and clean the crap off your Mac!
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