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Resetting caches on macOS

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Corrupted caches can be the culprit of strange behaviour of your Mac, also in combination with InDesign and Twixl Publisher.

Examples: Strange anomalities in windows or dialogs, troubles with fonts... and even crashes. Here you can learn how to reset the caches of your Mac.

INFO:

Resetting your caches will not harm your preferences (those are stored in another location). Caches are temporary files whose main purpose is to speed up your Mac. As such, your applications can boot up slower the first time after a cache reset. This is perfectly normal, because caches are being rebuilt the first time. After that, everything will be as fast as before (in many cases even faster).

How to reset your caches?

  1. Save all your work.
  2. Close all your documents and applications.
  3. Navigate to /Library/Caches .
  4. Delete the content of that folder (but leave the folder Caches untouched).
  5. Navigate to ~/Library/Caches . ~ = your homefolder.
  6. Delete the content of that folder (but leave the folder Caches untouched).
  7. Restart your Mac.

TIP:

The Library of your homefolder is hidden by default (since Mac OS X 10.7 - Lion). You can navigate to it by:

  • Entering the key-command CMD + SHIFT + G in the Finder. A dialog will open, enter the path ~/Library/Caches and confirm.
  • Go to the Finder and enter the key-commnd CMD + SHIFT + L.  
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