ARCHIVED: In Mac OS X, how do I remove an application?
You can remove many applications from Mac OS X simply by throwing the application's icon in the . However, sometimes you must do more than this to completely remove the application from your system. To completely remove an application, try the following:
Use the installer program
If the application you are trying to remove has an installer program, see if that installer also has an uninstall or remove function. In some cases, this option won't be immediately apparent, but many of the newer installers do have this capability.
Remove with Launchpad
If you are using Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and purchased the application
you are trying to uninstall from the Mac App Store, you may be able to
uninstall with Launchpad. Start Launchpad, which you will find either
in your Dock or in the
Applications folder, and locate
the application you want to uninstall. Click and hold down your mouse
or trackpad button over the application until its icon starts to
wiggle. If the application can be uninstalled from Launchpad, a small
will appear in the upper left corner of its icon. Click
the and then click the button to remove the
Remove the application manually
Frequently, applications native to Mac OS X are installed as self-contained packages. To throw them away, all you need to do is drag the application icon into the. Consult the application's documentation to determine if additional steps are needed to completely remove it.
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Last modified on 2012-12-05.
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