Cleanup Your Mac - Mac Tips Daily! #331

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In our continued coverage of getting ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Leopard, today we have a few tips for cleaning up your computer. If you plan on doing an upgrade, instead of a clean install, It's a good idea to clean up some of the stuff you don't use on your Mac. Stray applications, preference panes, maintenance scripts, etc. Taking care of business first gives you some trouble repellent....

Remove Apps

The first thing I recommend is to look through your Applications folder, and take a look for any applications that you no longer use; expired trial software, apps you know you will never use, stuff like that. With most applications, you can simply drag them to the trash. If your app came with an uninstaller, it's best to use that to ensure it gets everything. To assist with this process, you can also use the Appzapper program.

Take a look

If you want to see what's taking up valuable disk space, download a free program called Disk Inventory X. It provides a VISUAL mapping of your whole hard drive and color codes the items so you can quickly eye up where your disk space is going. 



Run Maintenance Scripts and Repair Permissions

If you can't remember the last time you did this, it's probably a good time to optimize the system by running a utility such as ONYX. Onyx allows you to automatically run all of the needed maintenance scripts and optimize the system. It's free too! Just be sure to get the version released for your current OS X. There are different versions for 10.4 & 10.3.

Disable any login iTems

This will help prevent any problems upon bootup that Leopard isn't expecting when it's trying to update the files on the initial bootup. You can disable them by opening system preferences, Accounts, and clicking on the Login Items tab. From here, just select the unneeded items and remove them.

Check for Application Updates

Start Visiting the Software developers sites for software upgrades or hints that their app is Mac OS 10.5 Leopard compatible. That's key, because if your much needed application doesn't work with Leopard, and the developer doesn't have any plans to update it, it may not be worthwhile for you to step up to OS X Leopard.