Recently my 13 year old son wanted to install some new software on his Mac but found that he didn't have a lot of disk space. Surprising, given that his Mac mini came with a 320 GB hard drive. So we did some snooping around and discovered the culprit: dozens of gigabytes of space taken up with games that were installed using Valve's Steam software. We deleted what he wasn't using and freed up more than 80 GB! Here's how you can do the same:
Steam is a little unusual, in that it doesn't stick downloaded games in the regular Applications folder. Even if you tell it to create an alias when the game is installed, that's all it's doing - Steam is putting a pointer file in the Applications folder, not the full app. Out of sight is out of mind, so some folks forget about the game files themselves when they move on to other pastimes. This is the most surgical way to delete locally stored Steam games you no longer want to play.
If you've deleted Steam, or you no longer have an active account and want to remove those files manually, there's a way to do it yourself:
That's it! Hopefully you can get back some space you've lost from games that you don't play anymore.
Does this help you get back any disk space? Have any other ideas for how to shrink the amount of unused stuff on your Mac? Let me know in the comments.