Easy Steps to Empty Space on Mac

Like everything else, there is a limitation of storing files on your Mac that comes with a limited disk space. Even though, you might be having space of 64GB but still there comes a time when you need to free up the disk space on your Mac. The easiest way is to sort out your unnecessary or junk data or files and do away with them. Another thing that you need to do is empty the multiple trash cans, if you remember that your Mac comes with the option of multiple Trashes along with multiple user profiles. Let us find out how to empty garbage from your Mac.

Trash Cans

Windows have a utility called Recycle Bin that accumulates or rather holds all the deleted files and folders. A Mac has Trash Can or Trash Cans that contain discarded data, files and folders dumped by a user. This utility comes handy when you accidentally delete a file and want to restore it or even completely remove files from your system. Removing files permanently from system helps freeing up memory space.

First you need to clean up the primary Trash Can by using “Ctrl+Click” on the icon of Trash that is located at the bottom right in the dock-> Empty Trash.

There are different trash cans for different applications like iMovie, Mail and iPhoto. For deleting files from these programs, you need to empty individual trash cans for each application. If you want to delete pictures from iPhoto then delete files from its trash, this will remove them from the hard drive by “Ctrl+Click” on Trash -> Empty Trash.


There are times when you keep installing applications on your Mac but after a while, the memory seems to have exhausted. Now it seems you need to restore some of the memory space in order to keep it running in mint condition. Your unnecessary and unused applications need to be removed from the system.

First, you need to find out which application is occupying maximum memory space, for this; Go to Finder window-> Applications-> Show items in a list option-> Size.

Now to remove an application:

Go to Finder window-> Applications, now drag and drop unused or unnecessary applications in Trash.

Temp Files

The hard drive of your Mac is filled up with temporary files that occupy unnecessary disk space. Although, Mac OS X deals with it automatically but if you have an app for cleaning these files then it would be the best option. Even though, cleaning unnecessary files will hardly have any impact upon the speed of your system but it will give you some free disk space.

You should use tools that are compatible with your Mac for cleaning up temporary files. Cleaner like CCleaner; the most popular tool available helps cleaning up temporary files. The latest version of this cleaner is available for Mac that quickly removes useless files.

One more thing that you should remember is that you need to analyze your hard disk space in order to decide how much you need to free up. For this purpose, you will have to use a tool that will help analyze disk space. Disk Inventory X is one such tool that will display the exact memory occupied by files and folders.

Language Files

Mac is amazing as it supports various languages and for this reason, it comes loaded with language files. Often these files are not used and they seem to be a waste of space. These files need to be removed if you require hundreds of MB space to be free on your Mac. This can come handy especially if you are looking to employ more files and programs in limited 64GB space in your MacBook Air.

For removing the language files Monolingual is the best tool.

The above mentioned means of removing unnecessary files, programs and applications from your Mac will definitely give you some significant disk space. These steps are easy to apply but if you require further information upon managing files and folder in your Mac then it is advisable to seek technical support.

About the Author: Polly M Quinton has been serving at qresolve.com as a tech support engineer and offers tech support to global customers. Polly is known for her skills and wide experience in providing online technical support for laptop, Mac,desktop, iPods,tablets, iPhone, smartphones and virus removal. She has been an active blogger and article writer related to computers, information technology, peripherals and devices. Her articles let users know about the benefits of online tech support, computer support and the latest emerging technologies.