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  Rebuilding The Macintosh Desktop File:

The background "desktop" file that Macintosh uses to organize itself will get clogged up over time. This can cause system crashes and prolong your computer startup. It is a good idea to "rebuild" this desktop file about once a month (depending upon how much you use your computer but not more often than that). Rebuilding the desktop speeds up your startup, browsing and e-mail if done on a regular basis.

You rebuild the desktop by holding down the "option" and "command" keys during the startup process. [The command key looks sort of like a flower.] Hold these two keys down until you are prompted with a message asking if you are sure you want to rebuild the desktop database. Then choose OK to do this. It can take anywhere from 1 to 10 minutes on average.

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