One thing I remember when I began to support users of Mac OS was how very difficult it was to find out how to fix things, when, in the rare times I actually had to fix things.
After I bought our first Mac computer (a 1st generation Intel iMac bought for Mrs. Thad Thoughts) I got a bit more adept at finding the quickest fixes for Mac.
Here’s what I found.
Of all the apps buried in Applications on Mac, the Disk Utility application is, in many ways, the most useful. Especially when it comes to tuning your Mac.
In specific, if you encounter a situation where what was formerly functioning well, suddenly behaves in less than stellar fashion, running Repair Permissions, found in the Disk Utility application is as likely as anything to fix the problems.
Here’s how to start.
First, head over to Finder and click in the Applications folder.
Next, identify the Utilities Folder in Applications, like this:
Once the Disk Utility application is running, look for the Repair Permissions Button like this. Be sure to select the Macintosh HD (or the name of your hard drive if it differs from that).
The program will run for 5 to over 30 minutes (depending on how many permissions need repairing). Progress can be monitored in the app.
In many instances, this will put an end to pesky problems you may have encountered with your normally dependable Mac.
There have been a few instances where it took me much longer to find a resolution to a problem in my Mac, but I always start with Repair Permissions in the Disk Utility.
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