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How Do I Remove Big Files on MacBook Air/Pro

By Lois Green, Monday, March 20, 2017

The most effective way to increase disk space on your MacBook Air/Pro is to remove large files that you need no more. The files could be 

  • Movies, music, documents that you don't like anymore;

  • Old photos and videos;

  • Unneeded DMG files for installing application. 

It is easy to delete the files, while the real problem is how to locate big files quickly on Mac OS X El Capitan/Yosemite/Mavericks.

Other than searching for large files manually in the Finder through different folders, many users prefer a much more intellegent solution - Dr. Cleaner. This all-in-one Mac system cleaner is often used to clean up the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro to free up hard disk space . When it comes to removing large files, this Mac cleaner can speed up the process by:

  • Scanning out different kinds of big files in one click, including application files, video, music, photos, documents, etc.;

  • Using combination of date, size, kind, name to quickly locate target large files;

  • Adding important files to white list to avoid mistaken deletion.

The big files feature is totally free on the program. Click the download button below to get Dr. Cleaner from Mac App Store.

Download Cleaner

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Quickly Find & Remove Big Files on MacBook Air/Pro

Step 1. Open Dr. Cleaner on your MacBook. Choose "Big Files" on the left column. Click "Scan" and the program will scan out all big files (files size of 10 MB or larger).

Scan Big Files on Mac

Step 2. The scanning could take a while if your MacBook are crammed with files. You can tell how many files are left to be scanned by the completion percentage.

Scanning Big Files on Mac

Step 3. You can then view the scanned results. To quickly find out the unused large files, you may use combination of size, date, kind, name to arrange the files. For example, you can first click Dr.Cleaner Main Sort Button to organize the files by kind (archives, documents, movies, audios and others), and click Dr.Cleaner Sort Button to further order the files by size.

Find Files Quickly on Mac

Step 4. To avoid misdeletion, you can protect an important file by putting mouse cursor beside its name and click Dr.Cleaner White List Button . The file will be added to White list so that it won't be delete by mistake. Choose "White list" to view files you don't want to remove.

Add Files to White List on Mac

Step 5. Also you can click Dr.Cleaner Search Folder Button to view the file on its folder or click the folder name to jump to the target folder. Sometimes, users find that the entire folder are unneeded and delete the folder directly.

View Files on Folder on Mac

Step 6. After you have ticked all files that you want to delete, click "Next" on the bottom right corner. You'll be asked to confirm your selections. Please double check the files before you press "Remove".

In conclusion, by using Dr. Cleaner, you can clean your MacBook more conveniently and effectively because the program can:

  • Quickly identify the unneeded big files by organizing files by size, date, kind, name;  

  • Add important files to white list to avoid misdeletion;  

  • Locate file folders in one click.

With the program, you can also remove data that are hard to find manually, such as duplicate files, system files.

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