How to Remove Programs From OS X

by Tim Mammadov

Removing programs from a Mac OS X operating system is different from the uninstall process in Windows. To delete a program, you drop the application icon into the "Trash" icon on the desktop. Usually this works, but bundled applications can leave preference or support files after you remove the program. You need to delete all of those files manually. However, some Mac OS X applications come with a free uninstaller, and many OS X uninstaller software programs exist---some of which are free---on the Web. An uninstaller removes all files automatically without your involvement.

Double-click the hard drive icon on your desktop and click "Applications" in the left pane of the window. Click the icon of the program you want to remove and drag and drop it into the "Trash" icon on the bottom of the desktop. (You might need to delete any leftover files in either the "Preferences" or "Application Support" folder inside the "Library" folder within your user account or system root.)

Run the installer file or the installation CD to check if the uninstall option is included. You will see the option to remove in the uninstall screen if it's included. Click it and follow the prompts for uninstallation. Alternatively, you might want to check the software publisher's website to see if it offers an uninstaller for downloading.

Download and run any of the third-party software-removing programs listed in the Resources. These applications have an interface resembling Windows "Add or Remove Program" feature.

About the Author

Writing out of Los Angeles, Tim Mammadov has been a professional writer since 2010. The majority of his articles are related to computer troubleshooting and spyware protection. Mammadov graduated from the University of Maryland, majoring in finance.

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