Stupid question - how do I delete programs?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by scarlets knees, Mar 29, 2005.

  1. scarlets knees macrumors member

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    I know I'm probably being really really stupid but I've only just switched so... if a program doesn't have an uninstaller option how do I delete it? On windows you had the add/remove program utility but I can't find an equivalent of it on OSX, I have been trying out bits of free software and now want to get rid of them and I can't see how.
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Drag app in to Trash, that's it! :cool:

    There will probably be a pref file or two somewhere as well, but it doesn't matter if they are left. Just trashing the app is enough :)
     
  3. scarlets knees thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, I thought that was probably the answer what with OSX being so simple but after windows I am perhpas too wary of all those niggly little files clogging up my hard drive....
     
  4. broken_keyboard macrumors 65816

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    You can also press command-delete.

    (command key is the one with the Apple logo)
     
  5. auxplage macrumors 6502

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    I like to do a search in Finder and find all the pref files and other files associated just because I hate little files that are unnecessary.
     
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Scarlet, can you keep a secret? Cuz on the Mac there's ... ssh!... <whisper> no Registry </whisper>.

    Please don't let this get out to all those Windows users, because they'll all be wanting a Mac, and then where would we be?
     
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i do this as well, pesky files!!! but this is only because i am a nitpicker its not a big deal and the files dont take up much space at all so its really not consequential to do this
     
  8. scarlets knees thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for all this it's great that it's so simple. i need to get out of the windows mentality (though I'm stuck with it at work)

    another question though, what is a pref file and should I clean them out periodically?

    also some programs I've loaded up just know where to go, others ask me to choose, is it best to always pick the applications folder? ~Havng said that I loaded up stuffit from a magazine CD and it installed but I can't find it, where would it be/how do i find it?

    I'll keep quiet about the registry, to misquote 'every day in every way my life gets better and better'
     

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