Five Ways to Declutter your Mac

Five Ways to Declutter your Mac

Dennis Snider

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One of the great selling points about Apple computers is that they make organization simple and intuitive. However all of us, particularly after the past year of working from home, tend to let our clutter get out of hand every now and again. Below we list five ways you can declutter your Mac and take back control of your workspace.

Desktop organization: It’s very tempting when you’re working to save everything on your desktop, and so what was once a pristine space with only your most important applications and documents on it becomes a little more than a litter bin. A few moments cleaning up and throwing away all the files and documents you don’t need can help to declutter the space and make it easier for you to find what you do need. Once you’ve done that, right click on the screen and select “Use Stacks” from the menu that appears and all of your files will be grouped according to file type.

Clearing downloads: Lots of people never think about their downloads folder, and the amount of unneeded files in there can pile up massively and take a huge amount of memory. A quick scan through, saving anything important, and then you can throw the rest in the trash. Always remember to clear out the trash after you have dumped your unneeded files in there.

Remove old large files: Quite often you might have no idea where substantial historic files are lurking. If you download a free Mac cleaner application, such as CleanMyMac X, it will automatically search your computer for all your old unused files and show you where they are with the option to remove them.

Storage Management: Apple provides tools for managing your storage: simply go to the Apple menu, choose About This Mac > Storage > Manage, and you will be presented with a range of options for optimizing your storage.

Clear out your apps: Many of us keep apps on our devices that we stopped using long ago, or maybe never used at all. Have a look through your app menu and see if there is anything you don’t want; use the app’s uninstall option and then, to make doubly sure, use a Mac cleaner program which will clean out any junk it might have left behind.