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Mavericks OS X Utilities Folder Breakdown

Mavericks OS X Utilities Folder Breakdown

OS X Utilities FolderIn contrast to applications on the dock and in the applications folder, there’s an extra load of features waiting to be discovered in the utilities folder, which can certainly be handy for many tasks you undertake on your Mac.

Here is a breakdown of what to expect in your Mac Utilities folder.

VoiceOver Utility

Extremely useful for visually impaired users, the VoiceOver app is a digital voice that can be accessed to read out what’s on your screen.

Activity Monitor

This handy feature contains a wealth of knowledge on how your systems memory is being used and info on disk utility on your Mac.

Terminal 

Terminal is quite an important element for our Mac and is used as an entry point into the world of UNIX. Inside the terminal feature you can see the workings of UNIX and write your own apps, bearing in mind you have some UNIX programming knowledge.

Airport Utility

This helps you set up and create an AirPort wireless network in no time at all.

System Information

This will provide you with a list of details relevant to the software and hardware apps that are installed on your Mac.

AppleScript Editor 

You can use AppleScript to create your own scripts with Apple.

mac utilities folderNetwork Utility

If there is a problem on your workstation the Network guide can help determine the issue for correction.

Audio MIDI Setup 

This is great for adding audio devices and setting the properties that suit your needs.

Migration Assistant

Migration Assistant is perfect for transferring files between two apple Mac’s. It’s fantastic if you purchase a new Mac and you need to transfer files from an old Mac to the new one smoothly.

Bluetooth File Exchange

If the bluetooth function is enabled, this app will help you to exchange documents between other enabled bluetooth devices.

Keychain Access

One of the most useful apps in my opinion would be the keychain access feature, it deals with important items such as passwords and stores details to save you time and effort in the future. It provides extra security for items protected by passwords.

Boot Camp Assistant

Fantastic for allowing you to run windows platform right on your Mac.

Java Preferences

The Java Preferences folder contains utilities that can run and work with Java.

ColourSync Utility

ColourSync can be used to view and design colour profiles on your Mac.

Console

Quite an interesting app, Console will display ‘behind-the scenes’ messages that are being passed around within your Mac while usual tasks are taking place in real time.

Grapher

Grapher is used for creating simple to more complexed scientific graphs on your Apple computer.

DigitalColour Meter

Handy for viewing and measuring the exact colour values of a particular colour.

Disk Utility 

One very valuable app, the disk utility can be used to view important info about your Mac’s repair errors and attached disks.

Grab

Used to capture screenshots, it allows you to Grab different sections of the screen, even the menus. These images can then be saved in different file formats.

To access the utilities folder, click file from the main tool bar at the top of the screen and select ‘New Finder Window’ and then click ‘Application Folder’ once in stroll through to find a folder titled Utilities and you’re on your way 🙂

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Hi I'm Sophie, Chief Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly :)