How do you uninstall a software/application in Mac?

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  1. jv4n

    jv4n Registered

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    Clearly stated in the title. Help me out please..
     
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    Giaguara Chmod 760 Staff Member Mod

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    Hi jv4n,

    If the application did not come with an uninstaller application (few do, but those that do have uninstallers include e.g. Microsoft Office) - then all you have to do is quit the application, then drag it to trash from your applications folder or where ever you keep the applications. Empty the trash and that's it.

    There are a few things this may leave such as a preferences file. Normally those files are very small and harmless so no need to find them separately.
     
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    nixgeek Mac of the SubGenius! :-)

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    That actually depends on how the application was installed. If you copied the application over from the mounted disk image (this is what you get when you double-click a .dmg disk image file) to the Applications folder, then all you need to do is drag that application icon from the Applications folder to the Trash and empyt it. Simple as that. :D

    Of course, some developers use an installer (which is so un-Mac-like ;)) so if this application was installed using an installer, either the developer has included an uninstaller or you can select the option to uninstall from the installer itself (usually selected through a drop down list or something).

    Either way, the good thing is that you don't have to worry about lingering registry files since there is no Registry in Mac OS X. You might have some preference files still lingering, but they won't have adverse effects on your system like lingering registry settings do on Windows. The worst they will do is maybe take up a few kilobytes of space. If you want to delete them, you could look in the following places:

    Macintosh HD-->Users-->[your-home-folder]-->Library-->Preferences (for user specific preferences)

    Macintosh HD-->Library-->Preferences (for global system preferences)

    Usually they have the name of the application listed in them (Ex: org.mozilla.firefox.plist for Firefox preferences files) so they should be easy to find.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Wow, just drag it and empty the trash? So simple. I was worried because in windows you have to uninstall or go to control panels to remove the application. Thanks. I'm liking Mac already ^^
     
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    Giaguara Chmod 760 Staff Member Mod

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    Oh yes, that simple. ^_^
    And nixgeek explained the rest that I was too lazy to add.. ;)
     
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    nixgeek Mac of the SubGenius! :-)

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    Yes but you beat me to the punch with the summary. :D

    And I've finally had my coffee too! :cool:
     
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    Sirtovin Senior Switcher Tech Guru

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    I just drag the program to the trash can do a Spotlight search for anything else related to that program and trash that as well... Simple :)
     

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