Spring Cleaning Your Mac

Call it what you will, but Spring Cleaning is just as important on your Mac as it is in real life. From cleaning out old files to organizing music/movies/TV shows that you threw into iTunes over the past few months, spring cleaning is a necessary task.

While we tend to accumulate a lot of small files, the biggest bang for the buck is going after the big ones. One way to find large files that might be eating up space on your Mac is with a smart folder. It's easy to set one up right from the Finder. To create a smart folder that will find large files on your hard drive, simply follow these directions:

Open a new Finder window and select File > Find...



Then click the button just right of the 'Save' button. This is the 'Plus (+)' button.



In the resulting window, select "Other" from the first drop-down menu (the default selection is "Kind), and search for the key word "size." If you wish this item to remain in the menu, select the "In menu" check box. Select the OK button once you select the "Size" item.



Select "is greater than" from the next drop-down menu.



Type in the size that you would like to search for files. I would suggest searching using 1 or 2 GB, but you can use any size you wish.
Finder will immediately begin searching your Mac for any files that match the criteria we just specified. When you are ready to save your smart folder, select the "Save" button from the top right of the Finder window. You will then be asked to specify a save name and location. Now whenever you want to look for large files that might be hogging space on your system, just open this smart folder, and let the search begin!

One Word of Caution...
Do not delete any files until you've made a backup. If you're using Time Machine you should be safe but never delete a file without having a backup just in case you might need to restore it.
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