Get Organized By Cleaning Up Your Mac

Let's face it, most of us have mess hard drives with files in all sorts of places. It is time to get organized by coming up with your own system of where files should go. Here are some suggestions to get you thinking about the best way to clean up your Mac.

Comments: 13 Responses to “Get Organized By Cleaning Up Your Mac”

    Lauren Eisen
    4 years ago

    i def needed this so thank you for addressing this topic. and as usual, thank you for your great advice!

    Laverne Lachapelle
    4 years ago

    If I may, it might have been better and easier to follow this wonderful video had you been using, as you have recommended in some of your other videos, the column view.

    Dav Norris
    4 years ago

    Gary, Do you have a recommendation for finding Duplicate Files (to delete!)? Over the course of time we have a ton.

    4 years ago

    Dav: First, I would figure out why you have so many and change how you work so you don't keep getting duplicate files. Second, I would just do a "spring cleaning" like I mention here. I wouldn't use any automatic process to delete files. I would go through your documents methodically and thoughtfully to clean them up.

    Pat H
    4 years ago

    How can I save a article to go back to when I have a need for that partial article? Can I create a folder in Docs? How do I get your article to that folder on my iPad. I think I can drag & drop on my computer.

    Dean Kutzler
    4 years ago

    Man, Gary! Your advice is always golden! This has helped me solve a problem I've had for 40 years! Thank you, so much! Very motivational, too!

    4 years ago

    Dean: Not sure what you mean by an Article. Do you mean a web page? You can always bookmark it. Or you can save it out as a PDF file and store it. If you store it on iCloud Drive and use iCloud Drive on both your Mac and iPad, then you'd have access to it in both places. You should also have access to bookmarks in both places.

    4 years ago

    Great topic,
    I find my desktop can get very cluttered with shortcuts, so I also organize them into specific folders, (ie, Graphics, Media, Mail, etc),

    Greg Fox
    4 years ago

    How to reindex the system So it can locate things after deleting and moving several Files on Large Multi-terabit external drives?

    4 years ago

    Greg: Indexing is ongoing. There is nothing you need to do.

    Ken Vignona
    4 years ago

    Always enjoy a "refresher" or some basics on the Mac. Even though I have been on a Mac since almost the beginning (LCII) it is always a learning experience to watch your videos. Thanks.

    4 years ago

    Gary, I'm with you on a clean desktop. Having been introduced to computers at University on an IBM mainframe with punchcards and using computers since then, I have to say the most useful habit that I ever developed is file organization. I rely on folder structure to organize files, and take advantage of the Mac's ability to let us customize the graphic icons of the folders. Unfortunately setting up a good file structure is an afterthought for most users and it should be the first. Thx

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