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Chapter 18. Maintaining Your Computer > Viewing System Messages with the Consol...

Viewing System Messages with the Console

The Console utility is a viewer that displays all the text-based messages sent between the Macintosh operating system, and all open applications. While this utility may seem a bit much for the average Macintosh user, it's of great value to programmers, or would-be programmers, because it gives you information on how the operating system communicates with OS X applications.

View System Messages with the Console

Open the Applications folder, double-click the Utilities folder, and then double-click the Disk Utility icon.

Click Logs, and then select from the available Console logs.

To erase the current log, click Clear.

To reload the active log, click Reload.

To add a day/date stamp to the log, click Mark.

To look for a specific function, type a search value into the Filter field.

To add or subtract buttons from the Console toolbar, click the View menu, and then click Customize Toolbar. Select the item to add or subtract.

To change the font used in displaying Console messages, click the Font menu, and then click Show Fonts.

If necessary, make any changes to the Font family and size.

Click the Close button.

Click Done.


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