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Byline: Bob Cypher

IN A similar vein to the PC user who should regularly back up his registry, the Mac user should, periodically, rebuild his or her desktop. Why? The Desktop File is an invisible file on the root level of your hard disk.

It keeps track of all of the documents and applications that are installed on it. Occasionally this file gets too big or can get damaged.

This is when problems occur. In short, rebuilding your desktop repairs and cleans out your Desktop File.

A damaged or bulky file will cause your finder to access data on your hard drive slower. When you rebuild your desktop, it cleans things up and allows your finder to run more efficiently.

It also fixes generic icons that should be a customised icon.

Think it's about time you rebuild your desktop?

Follow these steps; First, if your machine is on, restart it. When you hear it chime, hold down the command (Apple) key and the option key at the same time.

Hold these two keys down until your computer boots all the way to the desktop. It will then ask you if you want to rebuild your desktop. Release the two keys and click ``Rebuild Desktop''. It will then begin the rebuilding process. This will take a few minutes but be patient as it is time well spent. Shortly afterwards, you will have a Mac that is running a lot smoother and quicker than before.

Why not make a point of carrying out this quick `n' easy operation either weekly or bi-weekly, to keep things running just as they should.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 10, 2002
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