Guide to Find Temp Files on Mac OS X Machines

Locating Temp Files on Mac

Should we stop bothering about disk space in this modernized era? Not at all! You’ll need as much as possible space for your important data to store. However, a modern Mac machine might have a solid state but just with 64 GB of free space. Apparently, you can clean up some junk files you don’t care about and free up a bit of space on your Mac. Did you know that your Mac’s hard drive probably has temporary files you don’t need?

What are these temp files and why they are created?

As the name itself indicates, temp files are that junk stuff whose use is temporary and become redundant once the task is completed. These files often take up disk space for no good reason. Well, these temp files are created by OS during the normal course of its running when there may not be enough memory allocated for the task. The applications which consumes large amount of data also created temp files, which left behind in the hard drive even after the work is completed resulting in the wastage of disk space.

Cleaning temporary files won’t necessarily speed up your Mac, but literally the files should get deleted once the task gets finished to free up some of that precious disk space. However, Mac OS X tries to automatically remove temporary files, unfortunately if you realize that some of the files which are needed being missing or deleted, so before installing any Mac utilities or performing other operations . Still a novice questions – “but how can I find temp files on Mac”?

Here is a simple tutorial to find temporary files on Mac!!!

  • First of all, click anywhere on your desktop or open a “Finder” window. Press the “Alt” key and click on the “Go” menu at the top of the screen and select “Library“.
  • Click the “Preferences” folder > then open the folder called “Ctrl“> open the“Temp” folder
  • Under the “Temp” folder open Chapter ID Under this folder open the appropriate Chapter Version ID folder. Again in In the Chapter Version ID folder, open the .INDD file with the Document Name

 Note: If you get an error when you click on the file, then you may need to right click on the file and select “Open with”, or drag the file directly into InCopy.

Further, temporary files are also made for backup purposes, by applications. Just say, MS Office saves a temp file of the open document every few minutes. If you happen to delete your important documents accidentally or if the program crashes unexpectedly, the temporary file is not deleted. Thus, they can thus be very much beneficial for recovering lost data.