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Learn Lion Week: Explore the new About This Mac panel

The second Learn Lion Week tutorial takes you through the new About This Mac panel, which now gives you information about your Mac in a more accessible format

Ever since Mac OS X 10.1, the Apple that always sits in the top-left corner of the screen has housed an About This Mac option, which gave you basic information about your machine. For years now, the option has remained unchanged, giving you a small window that can display very basic information about your Mac, and allowing you to open a much more detailed, and more complicated, viewer with a click.

Apple has updated this section and in Lion About This Mac is a much more user-friendly experience. In fact, the utility now contains an entirely new window, with tabs for each important section of your machine. There is a bar that will look familiar to those who use an iOS device with iTunes to show you how much space you have on your drive, as well as a visual breakdown of your memory and links to support. It’s time to get acquainted with Lion’s new About This Mac utility…

Step 11: More Info…

When you click About This Mac, the initial window looks almost exactly the same as it did in Snow Leopard, but clicking the More Info button produces a very different result in Lion.

Step 22: Mac model

Now you should see a panel similar to this one, with the model of Mac you have on the left and some more detailed information about it on the right. Click System Report for even more information.

 Step 33: Storage tab

Tabs along the top of the window access different panels, and in the Storage tab you will see a bar that shows what is filling up your computer. You can access Disk Utility from this menu too.

Step 44: Service options

The tabs on the right of the window offer support information about your Mac, as well as advice for those who wish to service their machine, complete with links to the AppleCare section of Apple’s website.


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This tutorial is the second in our Learn Lion Week series; for more articles just like this, visit the Learn Lion Week tag. At the end of the week, we’ll be giving away a prize to one lucky person who gets in touch with a question or problem related to OS X Lion. To get involved, simply tweet your question, plus the hashtag #LearnLionWeek, to @iCreateMagazine or post on our Facebook wall.