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Maintain Your Mac – Repair Permissions

One of the advantages of owning a Mac laptop or desktop is the low maintenance level inherent to the operating system. Whereas PC users are burdened with having to update anti-virus software, resolving disk fragmentation, and constantly having to apply security patches released by Windows, Mac users have it significantly easier. Here’s my sole pearl of optimization wisdom for Mac users to perform from time-to-time.

  1. Go to Spotlight (press the “command” key and spacebar concurrently)
  2. Type “Disk Utility” and launch it.
  3. On the left panel, highlight your main OSX partition (probably labeled as “OSX”, “Data”, or your name).
  4. Now on the right side, look for the “repair disk permissions” option. Click this, wait a few minutes, and then restart your computer.

If you’re more technically-inclined, I recommend installing Onyx. Through Onyx, you can verify your startup partition, clear various caches, tweak some minor program settings, and also repair disk permissions (as illustrated above in Disk Utility). Download Onyx from Apple’s website.

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