How to Clear Logs on an iMac

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Your iMac saves logs that include technical details about your computer, progress messages, application messages, system messages and error information. All of this information is useful when troubleshooting a problem with your computer. While large log files won't cause any problem with your system, they can eat up valuable disk space. You can reclaim that disk space by deleting log files. There's no danger to deleting log files because the system automatically creates new log files as needed.

  • Click the "Go" menu in the Finder; click "Utilities" and double-click the "Console" application.

  • Press the "Show Log List" button if the log list doesn't appear in the left side of the window.

  • Click on a log file to select it. Hold down the "Command" key while you click the files to select multiple log files.

  • Press the "Move to Trash" button at the top of the window.

  • Return to the Finder. Click the "Finder" menu and click "Empty Trash" to clear the logs from your iMac.

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