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Repairing Permissions

If you have a program on your Mac laptop or desktop that is not working as it should or something is just not right, and your Mac is not doing things like you know it should, you may need to Repair Permissions. This one thing may solve the problem you are having with any program or the hard drive itself. The procedure to Repair Permissions is an easy repair. In order to repair permissions simply restart your Mac before you go any farther. After it has completely started do not open any programs at all. Now open the Applications folder >> click Utilities >> click Disk Utility. On the page that comes find your Mac hard drive on the left and left click it. Now find the First Aid tab on the upper part of the screen and make sure you are on that tab. Look below and click Repair Disk Permissions. No need to verify permissions, just go ahead and repair them. Depending on how long it has been since this was done of if it was ever done, it can take up to 1 hour to complete. When it is finished it will show you what was done and if any permissions were not repaired and why. Close out the Utility and restart your Mac. You may be surprised to find out that whatever problem you were having has been corrected. I recommend you Repair Permissions once every 6 months.

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