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Speeding Up Your Mac By Cleaning Up Unnecessary Files 1

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Speeding Up Your Mac By Cleaning Up Unnecessary Files

Your Mac has many built in features to help it run smoothly and efficiently. However, over time it will build up caches and logs of various files that you really don’t need. Removing them will allow you to speed up your Mac, remove disk space and have an efficient running Mac. I am going to use a popular piece of software called CleanMyMac, this piece of software will allow you to remove the unnecessary junk from your Mac.

Customise And Remove System Preference Options In Mountain Lion 0

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Customise And Remove System Preference Options In Mountain Lion

System Preferences is designed as a simple way to customise the majority of the different options and settings available on your Mac. There is, however, a lot of options available. If you are setting up a Mac for a new user, or are in a school or work environment and want to limit the number of a preferences available you may want to hide various options so they can’t easily be changed. This post is going to show you a very simple method of hiding used or unneeded System Preference options.

Add A Clear Spacer To The Dock – Separate Out Dock Icons 1

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Add A Clear Spacer To The Dock – Separate Out Dock Icons

The dock is one of the most useful items, if you are new to the Mac or have used your OS for a while you find that you tend to go to it very frequently. If you like to have items organised you may want to add a spacer. This way you can have a section of work items, a section for games and a section for all of the other items in you dock. This quick Terminal trick will allow you to add a clear, icon sized, spacer to your dock. This allows a clear separation of dock items.

View and Delete The Screen Shots Of Every Safari Page You Visit 1

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View and Delete The Screen Shots Of Every Safari Page You Visit

Safari has an interesting feature. For every website you visit Safari will take a screen shot of the webpage. These screen shots are used to populate the topsides list, and the cover flow images in your history and bookmarks menu. It is also used to generate the image you seen when you use the trackpad gesture to view the previous page. It is useful however if you are a privacy nut, or don’t want them to be stored, this post is going to show you how to view them, delete them and stop Safari from generating them.

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Investigate A Video or Audio File With Media Inspector

With the advent of the Internet, a lot more digital files are being downloaded. It is usually interesting to see what type of audio or video file they are. For example, if you have a video file and you want to find the video size, frame rate, or the number of audio tracks in a file this can be quite difficult. However with a handy app called media inspector, you can find all of the information about a video or music file. This is especially useful if you are wondering if a video you have downloaded is in 5.1 or 7.1 audio for your home video system.

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Play Music Through External Speakers – Effects Through Internal Speakers

If you have a MacBook Pro or an iMac you can play both music and sounds effects, such as a new message ping, through the internal speakers within your Mac. What happens if you want to play music, on your external speakers so you get full sound spectrum in your room through those sweet high end speakers, and the subtle sound effects close to you. Nothing is worst when you hear the new mail ping at 100dB over a subtle melody of your favourite tune. This post should hopefully show you how to set up this configuration on your Mac.

Backing Up Your Mac’s Data 2

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Backing Up Your Mac’s Data

Backup’s are very important. You only cherish and miss your digital data once it is gone, and it is very hard to replace the data when you have lost it. Many people don’t backup, which is a shame because it is really easy, cheap and something that you only have to do once a week. There are many automated tools built into your Mac that can backup your data. I am going to show you how you can do this effectively.

Comparing Files And Folders On Your Mac 1

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Comparing Files And Folders On Your Mac

When you start working on your projects, particularly those involving many changes and files it can be difficult to keep track of which file contains which change. The problem is compounded when you start receiving files from other people. Although you could have some complicated naming system, you can never be sure that you have transferred across the correct change. I am going to show you how you can compare files and folders, see the changes and merge the contents so you have the latest and greatest copy. Its a way to see how files differ and vary, see which parts are missing, which parts are changed or which parts are new.

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