Here’s the storage math and how it’s changed through the years. My first Mac notebook came with a 40MB hard disk drive. That small amount of storage meant a constant pruning was in order to have enough space so Mac OS and various apps could run.
Over the years, hard disk drives went down in price while going up in storage. In time, storage was so cheap we didn’t have to delete files at all. Spotlight could find anything with a few clicks.
Then along came the MacBook Air and solid state storage (SSDs). SSDs are fast but cost far more than hard disk drives for far less storage, so we’re back to trimming, pruning, and deleting files that take up too much space. If your Mac notebook is running dry on storage, here’s an app that can help. It’s free.
Monolingual does storage management the old fashioned way. It gets rid of files you don’t need, and every Mac running OS X has a gargantuan amount of files that seldom, if ever, get used. As the name implies, Monolingual is about language files. If all you ever use is OS X in English, Monolingual can delete the rest of the files with a few clicks.
It could not be much easier to use Monolingual, either. Open the app. Select the languages you wish to remove. Click the Remove button. That’s it.
How much disk space is reclaimed? Hundreds of megabytes, depending upon how many of OS X’s installed languages you delete. What if you want the languages back again (for example, if you sell your Mac or give it away as a hand-me-down)? Simply reinstall OS X and everything goes back to normal.
The latest version of Monolingual requires OS X 10.10.x Yosemite, but versions for older Macs and OS X are available. And it’s free. So, think of it as a free way to reclaim more storage on your Mac.