The great, and well-hidden, storage tool in macOS Sierra

“The new storage features in mac OS Sierra are mostly underwhelming,” Robin Harris writes for ZDNet. “But there’s a long-overdue one that makes it easy to free up gigabytes of drive capacity – without relying on Apple’s algorithms to do it for you.”

“The cool feature that helps you manage capacity use is buried in the About This Mac, not System Preferences,” Harris writes. “Click on the Apple menu in the upper left hand corner of you screen, then click on About This Mac. In the small window that pops up, click on Storage, the center option in the menu bar, then the Manage… button.”

“So the new tools in the About This Mac storage manager are a welcome surprise. They give control to the user through a simple and logical UI. Casual users will be happy with Apple’s automatic options in Sierra, because they are easy,” Harris writes. “But business users need more, and this little tool is very helpful.”

Read more, and see the screenshots, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: “Empty Trash Automatically” has already been enabled on our parents’ macOS Sierra-powered MacBooks and iMacs. One less thing to do on visits!


  1. MDN take is spot on. Why do parents never think to empty the trash? Is it because they were always after us to take out the trash as we were growing up? And now the kids have left home, has that conditioning resulted in a generation of hoarders?

  2. I do IT support for a sizeable university. I was once working on a faculty member’s Mac and trashed some plist files to solve an issue. I delete the trash and was mildly surprised when it took quite a while. Faculty member came back ad was aghast “I save files in the trash when I’m not sure I want to delete them!!!”

    for n=1..10 do head->desk;

    1. Academic types are a strange mixture of highly intelligent, naive, babes-in-business-land, and eccentric. And I’m not mentioning the high-functioning autistics, socially-challenged and…oh, who the hell knows what else.
      Your anecdote is believable and unsurprising, sorry to say.
      But a fair number of IT types resemble that description too 😉

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