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by Tom Nelson

Your Mac has a few secrets, hidden folders and files that are invisible to you. Many of you may not even realize how much hidden data there is on your Mac, from basic things, such as preference files for user data and apps, to core system data that your Mac needs to run correctly. Apple hides these files and folders to prevent you from accidentally changing or deleting important data that your Mac needs.

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Apple’s reasoning is good, but there are times when you may need to view these out-of-the-way corners of your Mac’s file system. In fact, you’ll find that accessing these hidden corners of your Mac is one of the steps in many of our Mac troubleshooting guides, as well as our guides to backing up important data, such as mail messages or Safari bookmarks. Fortunately, Apple includes ways to access these hidden goodies in OS X, and the more recent macOS. In this guide, we’re going to concentrate on using the Terminal app, which provides a command line-like interface to many of the Mac’s core functions.

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by Tom Nelson

Keeping your Mac running in a spiffy manner is mostly about preventing the accumulation of power-robbing grunge. I’m not talking about that dusty fan inside your Mac, although keeping your Mac clean is important, too.

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No, what I’m referring to is the extra data, applications, startup items, memory hogs, and lack of preventive maintenance that can cause your Mac to feel bloated and bogged down.

This list of Mac tuneup tips will help keep your Mac running like the elite system it is. Best of all, it only takes a few minutes of your time to run through them, and no money out of your pocket.

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