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7 Activities you should check on your Mac OS X

July 15, 2013 By: abhayjeet Category: Macintosh

A Mac is a powerhouse operating system that comes with a glossy hardware. Each one of us have dreamt of working on the Mac system. And when this dream comes to life you should at-least know some of its basic and powerful features.

1. Disk utility

Talking of Disk Utility, it is like a doctor’s clinic for a Mac OS X. Any day you find out your Mac is behaving in an odd fashion, please jump to Disk Utility to confirm it’s health status. This life saving feature can be located in Finder<Application<Utilities<Disk Utility. The main window of the disk utility lets you know about the attached hard drives, volumes and boot partitions. You can also view details on a particular volume by the information displayed beneath. But the most prominent feature of the Mac’s in built tool is to monitor the health of your hard drive. When in doubt you can always select a volume and press the button ‘Verify Disk’ to check the disk drive. If fine, the message will be displayed as ‘The Volume Macintosh HD appears to be OK’. In case the disk drive have some errors on it then it will display an error message completely colored in red text. This red text implies that hard drive is at risk.

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Other than this helpful feature you can also erase a Mac drive, partition a Mac hard drive and copy the content of a hard drive to a safer destination. All these functionality of the disk utility makes you understand your Mac OS X better and timely perform a rescue task on an occasion of a technical failure.

2. Activity Monitor

An interface that monitor several activities on a Mac OS X. Yes this is how this feature sounds to a novice? Activity Monitor is located at same location where we went to find the Disk utility i.e. Finder<Application<Utilities<Activity Monitor. Again such a wonderful utility from Apple that let the user know several information related to CPU, Memory Usage, Disk Activity, Disk Usage and Network. All these findings can be done under a single window. Whenever you feel your OS X is running slow, use Activity Monitor to find out which application is consuming what amount of disk and RAM spaces.

activity monitor

3. System Preferences

System Preference is like the control panel of your Mac system. If you recently switched from a PC to Mac and looking for the control panel window, then here it is – the System Preferences. From the System Preferences windows you can personalize your Mac, monitor the hardware and peripherals connected to the Mac OS X. You can also diagnose your Internet and Wireless connections, Bluetooth connections and network. Last but not the least you can perform various important System task like implementing Parental Control, setting Time Machine backups and selecting your startup disk.

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4. Software Update

Whenever you wish to update your old version of the software with the newer ones, remember the option, which is found under the Apple Logo. This utility lists up available application and system software to fine tune your Mac OS X. A software update is an extremely important activity for a Mac system outstanding performance. The moment you fail to update your OS X, it might become sluggish and gives you a pathetic user experience.

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5. Terminal

Remember when we used to work on DOS wherein activities where performed after entering some kind of commands. Terminal in Mac OS X is the same application that intakes command to execute a process. For Instance: to get rid of OS X Lion popup window, use

defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled – bool false

6. Launchpad

All your OS X inbuilt applications resides in the folder, which is, accessed as follows Finder<Applications. If you feel that tiring to perform every time you need access to the your favorite utilities, then simply click the Launchpad icon from the dock. Its icon is an in-built rocket that is encircled. Or simply press the key F4 to launch the Launchpad. Once you know this shortcut it is easy to access your apps in one go. You might also choose the application folder to install third party software and may not wish to add an icon to the desktop always.  So, this shortcut is easy route to all your apps.

7. Mission Control

Yes Mac has a Dashboard, which you can access either by clicking on the icon (Mission Control) placed in the dock else with the F3 key. Once you click it, you can swap between the Desktop and the Dashboard very easily. Coming to the Dashboard, it is the place where all your widgets reside. From Calculator to Calendar and World Clock, you can simply add as many apps with the below + (add) button. You can remove the unwanted apps by the – (minus) button. It is as simple as eating a pie. Its doesn’t end here, you can browse plenty of gorgeous widgets which takes you right away to Over there every widget is categorized in various category. Browse, Select and Install to your OS X Mac. Have fun too.

[infobox style=””]Bio: My name is Abhay and I love every bit of the Mac OS X. Working on a Mac OS X is great fun, more enjoyable than Windows. Meanwhile, I am also providing helpful tips to treat your clone your Mac hard drive.[/infobox]