Maintaining Your Mac
Maintaining Your Mac


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Maintaining Your Mac

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Completed on 2016-09-18

About the Book

Keep Your Mac Running Smoothly

Macs, like all machines, are prone to break down eventually—in either a physical sense (a component going bad) or a logical sense (files becoming corrupted, apps misbehaving). You can reduce the risk of such problems, and minimize the damage when they do occur, with a regular maintenance regimen. This book contains simple steps you can take to keep your Mac humming.

In much the same way that you brush and floss to prevent cavities, or change your car’s oil periodically to prevent engine damage, you should eliminate the crud on your Mac (whether that’s dust, outdated apps, or useless files) and perform other tasks to keep it healthy. By doing so, you’ll improve your Mac’s performance, prevent problems, and increase your productivity. This book is for all Macs running OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later, including macOS 10.12 Sierra.

  • Start on the right foot by addressing common maintenance issues.
  • Eliminate disk clutter and free up storage space.
  • Make sure your software is up to date.
  • Check your hardware for hidden faults before they become major problems.
  • Choose useful maintenance utilities (and know which ones to avoid).
  • Perform simple daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly maintenance tasks.
  • Learn why you should skip certain frequently recommended tasks.
  • Understand what you should do when Apple releases a new version of macOS.
  • Monitor your Mac’s health as you use it.

About the Author

Joe Kissell
Joe Kissell

Joe Kissell is the author of more than 50 books on technology, including Backing Up Your Mac: A Joe On Tech Guide and Take Control of Your Online Privacy. He is also a contributing editor to TidBITS and a senior contributor to Macworld, was the winner of a 2009 Neal award for Best How-to Article, and has appeared on the MacTech 25 list (the 25 people voted most influential in the Macintosh community) since 2007.

Table of Contents

  • Read Me First
    • Updates
    • Basics
    • What’s New in Version 1.2
  • A Note to Readers
  • Introduction
  • Quick Start
  • Chapter 1 Start on the Right Foot
    • Install the Latest Version of macOS
    • Turn On Automatic App Store Updates
    • Update Third-Party Software
    • Clean Out Accumulated Cruft
    • Turn Off Unneeded Login Items
    • Set Up a Backup System
    • Test Your Hardware
    • Run Disk Utility
    • Use a Surge Protector or UPS
    • Update Weak Passwords
    • Use Optimized Storage in Sierra
    • Consider a Maintenance Utility (or Two)
  • Chapter 2 Perform Daily Tasks
    • Update Your Versioned Backup
    • Check Software Updates
    • Empty Your Inbox
  • Chapter 3 Perform Weekly Tasks
    • Clean Up Your Desktop
    • Empty Your Downloads Folder
    • Update Your Bootable Duplicate
    • Rotate Physical Backups Offsite
    • Install App Store Software Updates
    • Check for Other Third-Party Software Updates
    • Restart Your Mac
    • Check Your Spam Mailbox
  • Chapter 4 Perform Monthly Tasks
    • Empty Your Trash
    • Use Disk Utility’s Repair Disk Feature
    • Test Your Backups
    • Consider Clearing Certain Caches
    • Clean Your Screen
    • Clean Your Mouse or Trackball
    • Exercise Your Notebook’s Battery
    • Check for Ebook Updates
  • Chapter 5 Perform Yearly Tasks
    • De-Dust Your Mac
    • Clean Your Keyboard
    • Make Archival Backups
    • Remove Unneeded Files
    • Check Your UPS Battery
  • Chapter 6 Maintenance Tasks to Skip
    • Repair Permissions
    • Defragment Your Hard Disk
    • Make Sure Scheduled Maintenance Tasks Run
    • Install Anti-Malware Software
    • Change Your Passwords
    • Delete Your Cookies
  • Chapter 7 New Releases of macOS
    • Buy Take Control of Upgrading to…
    • Make a Fresh Bootable Backup
    • Upgrade
  • Chapter 8 Monitor Your Mac’s Health
    • Use Monitoring Utilities
    • Check Your Drive’s S.M.A.R.T. Status
  • Chapter 9 Learn More
    • Websites
    • When All Else Fails
  • Periodic Task Checklist
  • Teach This Book
  • About This Book
    • About the Author
    • About Joe On Tech
    • Author’s Acknowledgments
    • Credits

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