How do I clean out unneeded files and junk in the Library folder?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by macuser1232, Sep 28, 2012.

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    macuser1232

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    GGJstudios

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    You don't need to, except for files related to apps you delete (if you want to save space). The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
     
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    macuser1232

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    Or I could use this awesome app called AppCleaner. But, what if I didn't discover App Cleaner until recently. I guess I'll have to wait until I do a clean install when I get my external hard drive before I can clean it out.
     
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    GGJstudios

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    In most cases, app removal software like AppCleaner doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this and this. If you just want to delete the app, drag the .app file to the trash. No other software needed. If you want to completely remove all associated files/folders, no removal apps will do the job.
    You can still use the manual method in the link I posted to remove app-related files from apps you've already deleted, as long as you remember the app names.
     

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