How to Locate and Remove Duplicate Files on Mac Using Smart Folders

by Aida Martin Norton Setup

Depending upon how you work on your Mac, you may end up getting a lot of duplicate folders. Though no notification alerts you about the same, you may want to free up space on your Mac when it starts running out of storage. Fortunately, it is easy to locate these duplicate files and doesn’t involve a complex process.

If you have an old Mac that you’ve been using for a while now, the duplicate folders might have piled up. Such files need to be removed immediately to save your Mac some space that could be used to save other essential data.

If you’re dealing with storage issues on your Mac and want to find all the duplicate files to remove them, you’re at the right place. Below is a guide on locating and removing all the duplicate folders from your Mac using Smart Folders, so let’s get started!

Finding Duplicate Files and Removing Them on Mac

The steps to locate the duplicate files on your Mac are:

  1. Click on the ‘File’ tab from the menu bar at the top of the Mac window.
  2. A drop-down menu will open. Select the ‘New Smart Folder’ option from the list.
  3. A new window will appear. Tap on the ‘+’ icon on the top-right of the window.
  4. Use the ‘Kind’ drop-down menu to select the file type.
  5. All the files with the same file type will appear in the next window. Scroll down and locate the duplicate files for deleting.
  6. Open the files and make sure the files are duplicate before deleting them.
  7. Next, right-click on the duplicate file to open a drop-down menu.
  8. Select the ‘Move to Trash/Bin’ option from the menu to permanently remove the file.

This is it! It is an easy and the most convenient process to find the duplicate files on your Mac and delete them.

Though it is one method of deleting the files, you may use other third-party apps to do the same. These apps can help you by locating the duplicate files by default and removing them. Applications like DupeGuru, Gemini2, or Duplicate File Finder Remover are recommended and available on the App Store.

Other than deleting all the duplicate folders, it is necessary to focus upon files irrelevantly taking up space on your Mac. Check for any apps, media, or folders you don’t require and delete them as well. If you still want to keep them, it’s best to create a backup using iCloud and remove them from your Mac.

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