How to Uninstall a Program on a MacBook Pro

By Joel Douglas

Apple’s MacBook Pro laptop computers run Mac OS X. Based on the server-grade UNIX operating system, OS X provides a number of improvements over OS 9. One difference between the two operating systems is the method for uninstalling software. Instead of requiring you to uninstall a program, OS X lets you simply “trash” it to remove it from your MacBook Pro. You can uninstall software to free up space on your hard drive for other programs and files.

Click Finder on the top left of the OS X desktop, then select Applications.

Browse through the Applications directory until you locate the folder for the program you want to uninstall.

Drag the program folder to the Trash icon on the OS X application dock.

Click Spotlight (represented by the magnifying glass icon) on the top right corner of the OS X desktop. Enter the program name in the search box, and then click the “Search” button. OS X will search your hard drive for any remaining files associated with the program. Drag any files it finds to the Trash.

Press and hold the “Ctrl” key. Click the Trash icon, then click “Empty.”

Restart your MacBook Pro to complete the uninstall process.


Back up any files you need from a program's directory before removing it from your computer.