AlphA All in One, Film Budgeting Software

Speed Up Your Mac for a Better Use of AlphA All in One Film Budgeting Software


Some rules of use and how to clean your Mac step by step (without risk)


  1. 1.Available space: at least 15% - 20% of the hard disk. See "About this Mac" (Apple menu) and then Storage.

  2. 2.Update OS X: App Store (Apple menu)

  3. 3.Update Microsoft Office: In Excel, menu Help / Check for Updates (whatever version is used).

  4. 4.Restart regularly your computer (in order to initialize the memory which otherwise saturates)

  5. 5.Have a desktop as clear as you can

  6. 6.With Microsoft Office 365, disable automatic backup (in the top banner of the Office window)

  7. 7.If there is an unresolved problem with an AlphA file, rebuild the file with menu Tasks from the last generic version on line


  1.    Backing up your user data (recommended): Copying the "Home" folder 
    to an external drive is the easiest way
  2.     Close all opened applications: the shortcut Cmd + Tab allows you to see those that are opened

1. Fonts

  1. Open the Font Books application (in the Applications folder)

  2. Select "All Fonts" in the side panel

  3. Select a font then Cmd A to select them all

  4. Menu File / Validate fonts

  5. Delete problematic fonts

2. Delete temporary Excel files that concern the AlphA budgeting software (start with ~ $)

  1. Download the version of Onyx (free) for your OS X (which will be useful later)

  2. Open Onyx

  3. In the Parameters tab, choose Finder and select the option "Show hidden files"

  4. Activate Sherlock in the Finder menu (the magnifying glass at the top right) and then type ~ $ (use copy and paste).

  5. Select "Show All in Finder" that appears at the bottom of the list

  6. Delete temporary files from Excel, preferably those related to AlphA

  7. Uncheck "Show hidden files" option in Onyx

3. Clean the User Library (reset Office without deleting user data, files, emails, Office license ...)

  1. Click on the Go menu of the Finder and press the Alt key when it is shown

  2. Select the Library menu that appears

    1. Application Support: Delete folders that start with Microsoft

    2. Cache: Clear All

    3. Containers: Delete folders starting with

    4. Group Containers: Delete folders starting with UBF

    5. Preferences:

      1. Delete files starting with

      2. Delete Microsoft folder (if it exists)

      3. Delete duplicate files that end with .plist.xxxxxxxx

      4. Delete the file (this can solve printing problems)

  3.     Empty the trash

4. Repairing permissions and global cleaning with Onyx

  1. With OSX Sierra and below

    1. Select the Automation tab and check the "Repair permissions" option. The other options can also be checked.

  2. With OSX High Sierra and beyond (Mojave ...)

    1. Select the Maintenance tab, check all and then check other options with the Options button.

  3.     Restart


  1. Delete the attached files of the emails from the Mac Mail application that have been downloaded (they will still be accessible in Mail)

    1. With Onyx (check option)

    2. Manually: go to Library (see point 3) then select Containers / / Data / Library / Download Mail and delete everything

  2. Delete unnecessary applications with AppCleaner (in the AppStore)

  3. Delete unnecessary languages with Monolingual (free)

  4. Clean duplicates with dupeGuru (open source, free)

  5. Archive on a hard drive

  6. Empty the trash regularly

  7. See here to remove Office 2011 cleanly


Clean up the startup folder via Preferences System / Users and Groups / Opening by manually deleting applications that open on startup (most are useless). Be careful not to delete those related to the antivirus.