September 25th, 2014

Maintain Your Mac with Mac OS X Cocktail

Cocktail is a Swiss army knife of Mac Maintenance. The a great idea to run it whenever your Mac is behaving strangely (too slow, fonts not working properly, displaying incorrect icons…any odd behavior). After you’ve run it, your Mac should be more stable and feel a bit faster.

This article tells you where to download Cocktail, and how to configure it so that it runs a whole battery of maintenance procedures in a single operation that usually takes about 5 minutes or less, at the end of which your Mac reboots. Once it gets back to your desktop, you’re ready to use it again.

Download Cocktail at http://www.maintain.se/cocktail/. There is a separate version of Cocktail for each major version of OS X (10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, and 10.6 Snow Leopard). Be sure to download the correct version for your computer.

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Once you’ve downloaded Cocktail, here’s how to configure and run it. The pictures here are for the Mountain Lion version, but all versions are similar.

1. Launch Cocktail. (Mac OS X will ask for your password.) Enter it and click the OK button. You’ll arrive at Cocktail’s main window. Click the Pilot button at the top of the window. (That’s Pilot as in auto-pilot…the feature that lets Cocktail run a whole series of routines in a single step.)
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 2. Configure the Pilot. This takes place in several windows. Starting in the main Pilot window, make sure all the boxes circled in red in the illustration below are clicked. Set the popup menu for Play completion sound to any sound you prefer. Set the popup menu for Automatically to Restart.

PilotWindow

 3. Once all the circled boxes are clicked, click the upper Options… button (marked Options 1 in the illustration). A new window appears that has three tabs at the top, System, User, and Internet. In the System pane, make sure that all the boxes are clickedDepending on which version of Cocktail you’re using, your window may have additional boxes, or fewer boxes compared with the illustration. Just make sure all the boxes in this pane are clicked.

SystemCaches

 4. Click on the User tab. In the User pane, there are two columns of boxes…the left column cleans caches only for your user account, the right column cleans them for all user accounts on this Mac. Click all the boxes in the right columnDepending on which version of Cocktail you’re using, your window may have additional boxes, or fewer boxes compared with the illustration. Just make sure all the boxes in the right column are clicked.

UserCaches

5. Click the Internet tab. Like the Internet pane, click all the boxes in the right column except for the Cookies and Form values boxes. Then click all the boxes at the bottom of the window (each of which corresponds to a particular web browser). Depending on which version of Cocktail you’re using, your window may have additional boxes, or fewer boxes compared with the illustration. Just make sure all the boxes in the right column except for Cookies and Form values are clicked. Finally, click the OK button.

InternetCaches

6. Your back to the Cocktail’s Pilot window. Click the lower Options… button(marked Options 2 in the illustration).

PilotWindow2

7. This takes you to the Logs window. At lower right corner of this window are two columns of boxes similar to those in the User and Internet panes. Click all the boxes in the right column (circled in red in the illustration). Depending on which version of Cocktail you’re using, your window may have additional boxes, or fewer boxes compared with the illustration. Just make sure all the boxes in the right column are clicked. Then click the OK button.

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8. You’re back to the Pilot window, and Cocktail is now configured. It will remember your configuration, so you won’t have to do that again. To run all the maintenance procedures, just click the Run button. Cocktail will go through all the maintenance procedures you configured, then restart your Mac when it’s done. After that you can use your Mac normally.

Next time, launch Cocktail, click the Pilot button, then click the Run button, wait for the restart, and use your Mac.

2 Responses to “Maintain Your Mac with Mac OS X Cocktail”

  1. jen baudin Says:

    December 25th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    First attempt to run Cocktail! Help please!

  2. darryl Says:

    December 28th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    If you need help, please call us as 800-916-9695. We can connect remotely to your Mac and help!

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