More Space-Saving Tips for Your Mac

October 11, 2011, By Christian Cawley

We’ve previously taken a couple of looks at the methods required for saving space on your Mac, but in truth there are countless ways available. Once you get beyond the standard empty Trash/clean temporary files, things kind of depend on the apps you are using.

For instance, if you’re an avid online gamer the chances are that your favorite title has plenty of online content that is regularly downloaded. Some of this may be deposited in temporary folders, for instance. Similarly, if you use a digital delivery service such as Steam, the chances are that you will be receiving updates regularly, and these can also end up being deposited in temporary folders on your computer.

It might not be gaming that is causing the problem. Adobe applications such as (but not limited to) PhotoShop and Illustrator have regular updates that might download additional tools that you don’t need, while Microsoft Office also offers additional downloadable content and tools via the update option. While some updates are required for security, most are not, so choosing not to download these is a good way of keeping things tidy.

More Space-Saving Tips for Your Mac

Native Space Saving Tips

Of course, there are other options. For instance, your Mac might be used more for entertainment purposes rather than office tasks, which means that there are plenty of ways to get really extreme with your space saving drive without losing vital data.

The first place to check is the Library, where you should be able to find files that you don’t use that can be safely removed. Three particularly good choices are Printers, Widgets and Screen Savers. If you don’t use any of tools in these locations then you can easily discard them.

Somewhere else that you might consider checking is System\Library\Speech\Voices. A massive 400 MB of space can be reclaimed by deleting the Alex file. After all, how often do you use speech tools on your Mac?

Are You Monolingual?

There is a very good chance that even if you speak multiple languages, the only one you want to use on your Mac is your native tongue. Despite this, Mac OS X ships with dozens of unnecessary languages that are currently sitting on your hard disk drive doing very little of use. You could free up hundreds of megabytes using a tool like the free Monolingual utility, available from

The tool is easy to use, and will discard general menu language items, help files, MP3s and even the file property information dialogue for languages other than your own.

While we’re still on the subject of languages, the Font Book tool in the Applications folder on your Mac can be used to manage installed fonts, and remove those that you no longer need. Note that this can lead to some problems so before you start removing fonts, export them all to a backup disk first so that they can be restored in the event of a problem.

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