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I want to delete items off MacBook but leave the Mountain Lion OS. How can I do this

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Here is a link to Apple's directions on how to erase and reinstall OS X Mountain Lion, so it will be like new.

  • I cannot type a name in the box. The format is highlighted Mac OS Extended (journaled) so I am not allowed to do anything here. I cannot erase!!! Why – DMitch Jul 17 '13 at 22:43
  • @DMitch Please ask a new question describing what you are trying to do and where you run into problems with. – nohillside Jul 18 '13 at 18:04
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If you're willing to leave the installed applications on the unit, you could create a new "admin" user, log in as that new "admin," delete your original user (and choose to delete the home folder).

For security reasons, it might be a good idea to erase free space on the drive before you sell it (so that someone with a little skill doesn't piece your data back together).

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