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Only Apple recommends buying its Macs with 128GB of SSD storage, because only Apple is trying to hit a price point. Everyone else —including us —will tell you that you need more, but nobody really tells you why. Here's why small SSDs are a problem, and what you can do.

If you can't get more storage in your Mac mini, string external drives to it

It doesn't matter what anyone tells you, if you're buying a Mac on a budget then you are at least going to consider getting one that comes with only 128GB SSD storage. Maybe your budget is such that you have no other choice, but certainly you balk at spending another $200, $400 or more on increasing the storage.
Balk away, but do get that larger internal storage. If you can physically get enough cash together, go for the 256GB option as an absolute minimum. If you're not convinced, here's why you need it. And if you have already bought a 128GB machine, here's how to cope.

It's not enough

Yes, you're just writing the odd screenplay and doing some emailing. It's hard to imagine that work taking up an entire 128GB space —but then you don't get the entire space.

Top right, ringed in gold, that's the 128GB SSD in a 2018 Mac mini (Source:iFixit)

You lose a certain amount to macOS, and, incidentally, you'll temporarily lose much more whenever the Mac needs to update this to the next version.
Then you have to have apps and they add up. Microsoft Word on its own is over 2GB in size, for instance, but it's not an app's filesize that'll really kill you. It's the temporary space they all use while you're working. Image editors, for instance, will eat up gigabytes of temporary storage.
And that's not storage that can be managed in iCloud.
If you go below 5GB free on your SSD, macOS will nag you every few minutes, and recommend that you use iCloud to manage your files. There's a lot to be said for it, but it doesn't entirely solve the problem, it costs money to get enough space, and it can be supremely frustrating.
While Apple's Desktop & Documents feature is supposed to store your less-often used documents in iCloud, in practice when you're running out of space, it will move anything.
What's more, the Finder knows it's been moved to iCloud, but not all apps understand that and instead they think it's gone. There is little as scary as an app telling you that your most crucial document is missing.

Keep this clear frequently

Aim to leave 20GB free space on your Mac's SSD. That's enough to keep you out of the nagging zone even if you're working on images.
To keep that much clear, there are many, many things you can do. And fortunately there are ways to automate it so that you don't have to keep doing it or to keep wondering where your files are.
Start with the basics. Don't keep anything you don't need to. That downloads folder, for instance, is packed with items you've dealt with, that you don't need, or that you can download again if you ever want to. So trash them.
You can do that manually, and you will do it manually when you're really pushed for space, but you can also get your Mac to do it. Choose the Finder menu, click on Preferences, and then on Advanced.

Tell the Finder to empty the trash every 30 days

Tick to have the Mac automatically delete items after 30 days.
Next, delete temporary files like screenshots. If you take a lot of these, you find they all land on your desktop and they're not huge, but they add up. When you're done with them, throw 'em in the trash.


This one might surprise you. Quit apps that you're not using. So many apps use temporary space and, at least in theory, that stops when you quit the app.
Apple's Photos app also keeps a Recently Deleted folder. Go into that and tell it to delete everything. Certain video apps like Final Cut Pro X has a Move to Trash which does delete media, but doesn't always appear to put it in your regular trash.

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Find the app's own empty trash option, if it has one, and quit it if it doesn't. Quit it anyway, and you'll reclaim some temporary storage space.
You should also restart your Mac occasionally, as that'll clear up more temporary storage space that hasn't been returned to macOS properly.

There are also caches that you can find in your hidden Library folder and you could delete those, but Apple hides that folder for a reason. We'd avoid diving in there and deleting everything we see.
Instead, we'd look to make bigger savings in space, such as exploiting how apps do not have to live in your Applications folder. They don't even have to be on the main startup drive.
You can plug in other, external drives and move your apps over to them.

External drives

Ideally, you should have a network attached storage device that lets you have multiple external drives, all backed up and all available across your network. However, if you had to buy the cheapest Mac possible, then you're probably not in the market for a NAS which, enclosure alone, can cost more than that Mac mini.
You may not be in the market for any external drive, but for under $100 you can get a 2TB hard drive. For between $100-$150, you can get between 4TB and 8TB. It's a lot more space for your money than you could get internally in your Mac.
That's still not a great solution if your 128GB SSD machine is a MacBook Air, but it is possible to dock that to your drives when you're at home or at your office. Have Keyboard Maestro automatically mount when your Mac wakes or, more crucially, dismount a drive when it goes to sleep.
And if you have a Mac mini, external drives could be ideal.

Keyboard Maestro can mount drives. It can also unmount them for you when your Mac goes to sleep, and that's handy for MacBook owners who can then safely disconnect external drives

Try to get a small external SSD, too. It'll cost you from $80 and up, but you should be able to get an SSD that's larger than your internal drive.
In that case, use it for both backup and extra storage. Get Carbon Copy Cloner to duplicate your external drive on that external SSD, and then separately set up folders on it that you use manually.
You can create a separate Applications folder on that external SSD, and drag many of your larger applications to it. Not every app will work when launched from outside the Applications folder, but most will.
Just make sure that you re-add them to your Dock after you've moved them, or the Dock will simply complain that they don't exist.

Plan working storage

If you can buy external drives or if you have any old ones around your house, you can spread the load across them all —if you plan carefully.
There is no point keeping your most important work files anywhere but on the Mac's internal drive.
However, you can tell many apps to use these external drives for their temporary storage. Certain image editors like Pixelmator Pro won't let you do that, but video ones like Final Cut Pro X will. And video editors use up an enormous amount of storage space while you're working.

Hazel can watch for particular files and act on them

External storage, especially on hard drives instead of SSD, will be slower than your internal drive. But it'll work, and you don't have the room to be fussy.

Plan archive storage

Then you can also make some decisions about files that you're no longer working on. If you finish a job and you are certain that you cannot ever need its files and documents again, you could delete them.
That's the hardest thing to do, though, and the one that is most likely to bite you in the ass.
So instead of deleting them, move your documents to an archive —on an external drive.
Every day or every week, or whenever you're up against it for space, move all your files that are over, say, a month old and drag them to your archive.
Just make sure that you also have some separate backup system. If your important document is on an external drive instead of an internal one, it's still not as safe as if you also have it backed up somewhere.

You'll never do it

The trouble with this idea of moving documents around yourself is that you'll never do it. You will never remember to religiously move old documents over to your archive. And when your Mac is constantly nagging that you're running low on space, you won't easily know what documents can be archived.Microsoft Word For Mac Quotations Create Too Much Space
So don't do it. Get something to do it for you automatically.

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Hazel has much better controls for managing your Mac's trash than macOS does

Use the file and folder management app Hazel. Tell it to move all your files and folders that are over a month old, and it will do it. All the time. Hazel watches your Mac and acts on triggers that you tell it to, such as spotting that a document was created so many days ago.
Hazel can then delete items, copy them, move them to other folders and so on.
It's even got a special section for dealing with the Trash which is far more fine-grained than the feature in macOS. Using Hazel, you can decide to have the trash empty itself every day, if you want.
And Hazel can also automatically trash items in your downloads folder that are old, too.
There are also software options for figuring out what's taking up all your space and while it's not the prettiest or the easiest to understand, we recommend the free OmniDiskSweeper for being comprehensive and fast.

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OmniDiskSweeper rapidly scans your drive and helps you spot where space is being used up

Or specifically for finding duplicate files, there's Gemini, which you can get as part of Setapp.

It's an overhead

Yes, most apps cost money, and definitely so do external drives. When you're on a tight budget, of course these things can be too much.
Yet since there are all these tools, tips and methods for dealing with small storage space, the real reason it's such a problem is how much it takes out of you.
That notification that you're running out of space will drive you spare. The way you might have, for instance, a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud but you don't have the room to download more than one app at a time, is going to make you weep.
Once you've been through all of this space-saving, though, and you find that your Mac says you've got 20GB free space, you'll feel like you've won a lottery.
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Every Word document you create on your Mac is fashioned from a template. The purpose of a template is to store styles for documents. In the act of creating a document, you choose a template, and the styles on the template become available to you when you work on your document.

To save time formatting your documents, you are invited to create templates with styles that you know and love. You can create a new template from scratch, create a template from a document, or create a template by assembling styles from other templates and documents. Styles in templates, like styles in documents, can be modified, deleted, and renamed.

How do you want to create a new template? You can create a new template from a document or other template, or you can assemble styles from other templates.

To create a document from a template that you created yourself, open the Word Document Gallery (click the New From Template button on the Standard toolbar) and click My Templates. Your self‐made templates appear in the gallery. Select a template and click the Choose button.

Creating a template from a document

If a document has all or most of the styles you want for a template, convert the document into a template so you can use the styles in documents you create in the future. Follow these steps to create a Word template from a Word document:

  1. Open the Word document you will use to create a template.

  2. Choose File→Save As.

    The Save As dialog box appears.

  3. Enter a name for your template.

  4. Open the Format menu and choose Word Template.

    After you choose Word Template, the Where option in the dialog box changes to My Templates. Word templates are kept in the My Templates folder. Next time you create a document, you can go to the My Templates folder in the Word Document Gallery and create a document with your new template.

  5. Click the Save button.

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Probably your new template includes text that it inherited from the document it was created from. Delete the text (unless you want it to appear in documents you create from your new template).

Assembling styles from other documents and templates

Use the Organizer to copy styles from a document to a template or from one template to another. After making a style a part of a template, you can call upon the style in other documents. You can call upon it in each document you create or created with the template. Follow these steps to copy a style between templates and documents:

  1. Open the document or template with the styles you want to copy.

    To copy styles from a document, open the document. To copy styles from a template, create a new document using the template with the styles you want to copy.

  2. Choose ToolsTemplates and Add‐Ins.

    The Templates and Add‐Ins dialog box appears.

  3. Click the Organizer button.

    You see the Organizer dialog box. Styles in the document or template that you opened in Step 1 appear in the In list box on the left side.

  4. Click the Close File button on the right side of the dialog box.

    The button changes names and becomes the Open File button.

Attaching a different template to a document

It happens in the best of families. You create or are given a document, only to discover that the wrong template is attached to it. For times like those, Word gives you the opportunity to switch templates. Follow these steps:

  1. Choose Tools→Templates and Add‐Ins.

    You see the Templates and Add‐Ins dialog box.

  2. Click the Attach button to open the Choose a File dialog box.

  3. Find and select the template you want and click the Open button.

    You return to the Templates and Add‐ins dialog box, where the name of the template you chose appears in the Document Template box.

  4. Click the Automatically Update Document Styles check box.

    Doing so tells Word to apply the styles from the new template to your document.

  5. Click OK.

  6. Click the Open File button and, in the Open dialog box, find and select the template to which you want to copy styles; then, click the Open button.

    The names of styles in the template you chose appear on the right side of the Organizer dialog box.

  7. In the Organizer dialog box, Command+click to select the names of styles on the left side of the dialog box that you want to copy to the template listed on the right side of the dialog box.

    As you click the names, they become highlighted.

  8. Click the Copy button.

    The names of styles that you copied appear on the right side of the Organizer dialog box.

  9. Click the Close button and click Save when Word asks whether you want to save the new styles in the template.