If you’ve just bought your first Mac and are used to working with Windows, you may find it helpful to learn about the standard applications found in the folder “Utilities”… In this article we will tell you about all the programs from the folder “Utilities”and what they are for.
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Where is the Utilities (Others) folder on Mac?
It’s hardly appropriate to talk about the contents of a folder if you don’t even know where it is. Fortunately, there are several easy ways to get to it. Use the one that seems more comfortable to you.
Dock-panel… If you have a folder “Programs” in the Dock-panel, then click on it and you will see, along with other applications and a folder “Utilities”…
We described how to add the necessary folders to the Dock here.
Finder… You can always access the folder “Utilities” from the Finder menu. Click on Transition → Utilities on the menu bar.
Spotlight… Enter “Utilities” in the search box in Spotlight. You will be able to see the desired item in the list on the left under “Folders”… Double click on “Utilities”to open them.
Launchpad… If you use Launchpad to get to places on your Mac, you can also find utilities there. Open the launcher and click on the folder “Others”…
This folder contains applications from the folder Utilitiesas well as some other standard programs such as QuickTime Player, TextEdit, Time Machine, Fonts, Chess, Sticky Notes and Automator.
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What’s in the Utilities folder on a Mac?
Once you open the folder “Utilities”then you will see some things that might seem pretty obvious, like applications Screenshot and Terminal… But just in case, we will tell you what purposes each of the applications serves.
System monitoring: Shows which system processes are running, how much memory is in use, and which applications are using power. You can view the tabs for CPU, Memory, Power, Disk, and Network. It can be considered that this is a kind Task Manager for Mac.
AirPort Utility: This tool can be used to set up and manage your Wi-Fi network and AirPort base stations. You can configure settings for security modes, wireless links, and IPv6. And you can even use AirPort Utility on your iOS device to monitor your network.
Setting up Audio-MIDI: If you connect Audio MIDI or Bluetooth MIDI devices to your Mac, you can configure and control them with this instrument. Customize streams, set formats, and select speakers with Audio MIDI Settings…
Bluetooth file sharing: Send files and similar items from your Mac to Bluetooth devices connected to it. This utility helps you set up a short distance wireless connection.
Boot Camp Assistant: If you want to use Windows on your Mac, you can use Boot Camp Assistant. The tool will offer to install Windows and partition the disk for this. Feel free to refer to Boot Camp Help for assistance if you need it. We talked about installing Windows using Boot Camp in detail in this article.
ColorSync Utility: You can set up color profiles on your Mac for things like cameras, displays and printers in addition to your system and computer.
Console: View reports of Mac problems using the console. You can check crash reports, view logs and diagnostic logs along with Mac Analytics data.
Digital colorimeter: Find the value for any color on your Mac display. Get RGB or hexadecimal value for a pixel with a very easy-to-use digital color meter.
Disk utility: Create a partition, format internal and external drives, start your Mac in recovery mode, and more with Disk Utility. It is a reliable disk management tool.
Graphing calculator: This is a built-in graphing calculator on Mac. If you are learning math, the graphing calculator will be one of the most convenient tools for solving your equations.
Bunch of keys: Store passwords, account information, and secure notes with Keychain Access. This handy tool allows you to keep passwords safe without the need for additional software.
Migration assistant: if you are setting up a new computer, then Migration assistant will help you transfer all your data. Whether you want to transfer items from your PC or to another Mac, this is the essential assistant tool.
Screenshot: If you want to take a screenshot (screenshot) or screen recording on Mac, you can use this tool. It’s flexible enough to capture a selected area of the screen, use the cursor, timer, and use the built-in microphone.
Script editor: Create scripts, tools and even applications with the script editor on Mac. The tool will help you create, record, run and compile your own scripts.
System information: Get detailed information about everything on your Mac. System information is divided into three main areas: Hardware, Networking, and Software. You can see your Mac’s serial number, Bluetooth version, network hardware details and more in one convenient place.
Terminal: Run commands on UNIX operating system on your Mac using the terminal. For those who prefer to enter commands on their own, Terminal is a handy tool to use on macOS.
VoiceOver Utility: If you are using VoiceOver on your Mac, this tool lets you customize it. Adjust speech, navigation, sounds, and visuals in the utility.
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Remember that the utilities in the Other folder may differ depending on the version of macOS you are using. And with updates and new versions, additional items may appear in the folder.
If you are new to Mac, you can now find out the purpose of this vaguely named folder. It actually has quite a few useful tools. Tell us in the comments which ones you use.