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Removing all printer stuff

I don't use any printers now, but I have in the past. Systems Preferences / Printers & Scanners shows "No printers are available". However, /Library/Printers still contains over 200Mb of stuff. ...
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What is a free alternative to something like Daisy Disk, for finding out what is hogging your MacBook hard drive? [closed]

I suddenly lost a bunch of hard drive space...Has anyone had good success with a FREE Daisy Disk alternative that graphically shows the disk usage that you can recommend? Thx.
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How to delete Matlab drive connector

I installed an app, called Matlab drive connector, however, I cannot uninstall it. I tried to uninstall in the Applications, however, I even did not find this app. I also read this tutorial: https:...
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Shortcut to multiple commands for cleanup

To clean up cache and log files, I prefer to run following commands via terminal on daily basis (once a day, mostly in morning). rm -rf ~/Library/Logs/* ~/Library/Caches/* sudo rm -rf /Library/Logs/* ...
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Cleaning the membrane side of an unresponsive key? (MBP Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)

I've got an MBP Retina Mid 2014. The "f" key has become recalcitrant and usually takes several forceful presses to make it respond. I've already removed the keytop and its carrier and cleaned out ...
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How to install/run Mac apps temporarily or in containers

I want to be able run apps and tools in containers or virtual environments. When working with python projects for example, i always make a virtual environment and that helps keep things clean (i.e. ...
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MacbookPro 2016 butterfly keys: Where are claws and hooks on “up” and “down” cursor keys

I've successfully removed a regular key following the advice from MacBook Pro 2016: Keyboard key stuck – how to remove key? I'm considering doing the same with up/down keys but not 100% sure if the ...
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How to remove Malwarebytes from Mac?

I would like to remove Malwarebytes from a friend's macbook. There is nothing in Applications Folder /Library/LaunchAgents (or in /System/Library/LaunchAgents) /Library/LaunchDaemons /Library/...
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Safe to remove - .rnd and .CFUserTextEncoding

As a cleanup routine, I remove files from ~/Library/Logs and ~/Library/Caches directory. I also remove ~/.Trash and ~/.DS_Store My question - Is it safe to remove ~/.rnd and ~/.CFUserTextEncoding? ...
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Manually delete unused languages from macOS

Yes, I know there are apps like Monolingual, Mackeeper, iCleanLanguage etc. that can do that for me but I would feel more comfortable doing it myself if it is not too much of a hassle. How can I do ...
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Cleaning ‘staining’ off bottom of MacBook screen

A couple months ago, I started to see some very small stain spots on the bottom of my MacBook Pro early 2015 screen. It's very annoying to see while I'm using it. When the screen is turned off, I see ...
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Black pins in MacBook charging port [duplicate]

Recently I struggle to charge my older MacBook Air, I need to search for an angle for it to start charge, and magnet is not working properly either so it has to stay still while charging which is very ...
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Is there a way to automatically delete all cookies in Safari upon exit?

For the longest time the ill-named "Safari Cookies" extension (by using SIMBL) provided this function of automatically deleting all cookies in Safari when quitting the application. But development of ...
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Delete old users files on a secondhand Mac

I recently purchased a 3 year old secondhand corporate owned MacBook Pro which has a lot of files from the previous user. Users are as follows: admin (admin) from old corporate IT department myself (...
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Preventative Maintenance on OS X / Running Onyx unattended

We have a Business Unit that has about 20 Mac's. From time to time, when we need to solve strange issues that are not configuration issues. I will often run "Onyx", and unless there is an underlying ...
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laucnhd and kernel task writing excessively to disk. Clean my mac suggests cleaning apple system logs

launchd and kernel task are writing excessively to disk (and constantly running) on my mac. I'm running macOS Sierra version 10.12.15. Below are screenshots showing excessively logging. I used clean ...
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MacBook Pro speakers dust

The holes of the speakers in the MacBook Pro (the recent model) are closed by dust. Is there a good way to clean them?
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How do I clean a 13” mid-2012 MacBook Pro motherboard

My brother-in-law spilt coffee on his 13” mid-2012 Macbook Pro just before XMAS. He shutdown the Macbook Pro and a few days later removed the HD. He bought a new Macbook Pro for XMAS and the old HD ...
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CleanMymac alternatives [duplicate]

Is there another software to uninstall applications without leaving confit files without having to manually navigate in those directories and delete them one by one? Thanks
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What can I use to get dust off of my rMBP display?

I've noticed that the Retina display on MacBook Pros gets scratches and dings very easily. I just recently had to replace the display for a different reason, and I'd like to put on a tempered glass ...
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Can I clean my Macbook Pro keyboard with vodka?

I don't have any cleaning product right now at home, and the only alcohol I have is vodka. Can it be used to clean my keyboard and trackpad, or will it damage my laptop? (I think that alcohol is ...
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Cleaning the outside of an iMac with an electrostatic cloth

Is it safe to clean the outside of an iMac (and in general, any computer, be it the tower or the display) with a Swiffer cloth? Also, is it necessary to unplug it for doing so? I've read that you're ...
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Clean install- erasing disk vs erasing volume

I just created a bootable flash drive with El Capitan on it. I restarted my computer and went into disk utility to erase. I see that there is the disk 'APPLE SSD ...' That is 251GB, and there is the ...
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With what should I clean the screen of my Macbook mid-2010 White unibody? [duplicate]

With what should I clean the screen of my Macbook mid-2010 White unibody? Which kind of liquid would you suggest?
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I recently cleaned my spacebar and a piece is stuck

I have taken off my spacebar from my MacBook Pro mid-2012 and now one of the plastic rotating things is stuck to the keycap, while the other is still in the key space. How can I get the thing stuck to ...
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How to clean rMBP?

Is it OK to clean the outside shell of a rMBP with a microfiber cloth and a little bit of water? Can it cause damage to the aluminum or any other thing on the machine? (there was a spot that I couldn'...
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Howto clean Photo Folder

I opened Photo. I deleted all the pictures. Then I emptied the "Deleted images". My Photo app is apparently empty. I open finder, the photo library package is around 7GB an subfolders are full of ...
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How to safely rid a Macbook Pro's power port of chocolate?

There was a chocolate coin from Christmas at the bottom of my laptop bag which managed to get shoved into the power port and conform to the space and fill it completely. I managed to scrape most of it ...
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Clean install unused ID Apple

My dad just gave me his MacPro for me to test it, since I never used before. Since I wanted it cleaned, I follow some tutorial on the Net that said I needed to reboot it with Command+Option+R, delete ...
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What is best after a clean install, copying Application Folder or reinstalling all the applications?

I have done a clean install but I was wondering if it would make any difference if I just reinstall all my old applications or if I just move my backup applications folder.
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Cleaning my Macbook Pro Retina leaves greasy 'streaks' across the screen

I try to clean my mid-2015 Macbook Pro with Retina display by wiping the screen with a damp cloth and then immediately drying. However, there seems to be left some residue/streak marks, which look ...
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Reeder (RSS App from App Store) uses 60 GB of disk space. How do I clean this up?

> pwd /Users/seline/Library/Containers/com.reederapp.rkit2.mac/Data/Library/Application Support/Reeder/rkit > du -sh * | gsort -h 8.0K rkit-edit.db 28K rkit-edit.db-wal 32K rkit-data....
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Safe to clean iPad screen with alcohol wipe?

I ordered a glass screen protector for my iPad and have just received it. In instructions, it says I have to clean the screen with the given alcohol wipe. Is it safe to use an alcohol wipe on iPad ...
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What is com.apple.bird? Why does it grow so big?

When trying to clean up their hard disk, some users discover ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.bird is pretty big, sometimes in the order of many gigabytes. What is it?
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Should I blow air canister over MacBook motherboard?

I'm going to replace my Superdrive with a SSD. While the bottom casing is detached, should I gently blow an air canister over the exposed motherboard? Any area I should particularly target? Is there ...
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Cleaning Milanese Loop band for Apple Watch

The Milanese Loop band for Apple Watch has the tendency to show some dirt after a few months of regular use. How do you remove this grime?
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Cleaning my Macbook screen *under* the shield

I have a Macbook Pro 13" Unibody Early 2011. In the last few months the transparent shield protecting the screen has separated at the bottom letting dust in. It's still attached at the top. How can I ...
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Clear logs for specific apps?

I am running my boot drive off a SSD. I'm paying attention to try to keep it from filling up, and sorting folders by size, I notice the library/application support folder has logs generated by ...
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Will my late 2012 macbook pro - 2.6 i7, 750gb HD, 16gb ram be fast enough for Yosemite?

My late 2012 macbook pro - 2.6 i7, 750gb HD, 16gb ram OSX 10.9.5 has been running very slow of late. Ive been trying to trouble shoot the issue for a while now, but together with the time spent ...
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iPhone 6 Plus Touch ID Sensor developing oily-like “rainbow colors” on its surface

I've bought my iPhone 6 Plus back in September 2014 and it's Touch ID sensor has been developing "oily-like" rainbow colors lately. I've tried cleaning it with water, screen cleaners etc. but it's not ...
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Which OnyX setting resets my Chrome extensions?

I use OnyX to clear out caches and delete superfluous files to try to make my Mac run faster. I usually just run "Automation" with the default boxes checked. However, after I do this, I find my ...
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Comprehensive Clean out and migration of specific folders in Apple iTunes?

These are the Folders and Disk space being occupied by the Data held on by Apple iTunes as laid out below: I have written down some current thoughts & steps/ direction as well for each. There ...
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Terminal command to delete everything I've ever created

I have so much junk installed on my work laptop I want to start with a fresh machine. However, I must keep the account I have as I do not have system permissions to create another account. How can I ...
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Cleaning my Macbook Air

I just used some Rubbing Alcohol (I didn't use too much and I put the stuff on a paper towel first) to wipe and clean the keyboard and backside of said keyboard of my Macbook Air. Now I'm obessively ...
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Is the black Apple cloth that comes with the MacBook Pro ok for cleaning iPhone and Mac screens?

I use it regularly to clean my rmbp screen, and I've noticed a small scratch on the black panel few days ago, I thought it might be because I've used tap water or it was there and I didn't notice it. ...
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Does clean install reset everything, including SMC?

TL;DR: Does a clean install reset everything (like SMC, for example)? If not, what else should I do to be sure the computer is completely reset, like it just came from the factory? My macbook has ...
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Is it safe to wipe off iPhone screen with a wet wipe?

I am wondering if cleaning an iPhone screen with a wet wipe could have any negative impact on the touch-sensitivity of the screen.
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retina macbook pro keyboard cleaning solution

I'm curious what solution people use for cleaning off laptop keyboard keys. I've been told that you shouldn't use isopropyl alcohol, because it can wear away at the plastic (I've seen evidence of this,...
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Opening and cleaning a MacBook Pro (retina 2012)

I have had my MacBook Pro retina for more than 2 years, without cleaning the insides yet I have used it extensively, many hours every day, and heavy tobacco smoking for a year or so (the fan outlet ...
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How to clean iMac screen?

I've messed up and used a generic LCD cleaning product on a glass iMac screen. According to the label it consists of distilled water and surfactants (or surface-active components, don't know how to ...