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Mac Tutorial: Monitor your system with CheckUp

Mac OS X is easy to use but information about how it’s running is hidden. Get under the hood of your Mac with CheckUp

Mac OS X has the most user-friendly interface around, and yet is one of the most technically advanced operating systems devised. The casual user has no need to delve beneath the slick exterior to see what’s actually making their Mac tick, but for others it’s a useful thing to be able to do. The more you understand about how your Mac is put together, the more you will get out of it and the better able to deal with any issues that arise. There’s information dotted all around your system but Apple doesn’t provide an easy way to get at it all from one application. CheckUp, on the other hand, does. A simple but well-featured app, it can help you understand what’s happening under the hood.

1: Fire up the app
Install CheckUp and it will scan your system and present you with a multi-tabbed window. The initial screen is a profile of your system, CPU and IP address.

2: Check for issues
The bottom bar shows issues have been detected. On this system the only issue is that the program is in trial mode. Hardware problems will appear here.

3: View system components
On the System tab, you can view a list of the plug-ins, extensions, fonts and applications installed. Select one to show its version and potentially uninstall.

4: View processors
The next tab shows CPU performance, processors and their temperatures. You can view this data in numerous ways, and export the graph data in the full version.

5: View RAM statistics
Under the Memory tab you will see your RAM configuration, the maximum capacity for your Mac, plus what RAM modules you would need to achieve it.

6: View disks
The Disks tab shows the capacity of connected drives, plus how much space is currently used. You can repair disk permissions from here if your system has errors.

7: Network tab
Under Network you can see current levels of data in and out of your Mac and select different network interfaces such as ethernet, wireless or Bluetooth.

8: Process viewer
Every task running is listed under Processes. You can view them all or just processes you are running yourself. The x at the right of a process lets you force quit.

9: Documents
Documents shows how many of each document type you have on your Mac. Click Related Application to change the default application to open that type.

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