Folders and Directories questions.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ' r i S e n, May 22, 2011.

  1. ' r i S e n macrumors regular

    May 15, 2011
    So here's the situation: I had my desktop customized with LiteIcon, LeopardDocksApp and GeekTool for embedded information and docks/icons other than the default. I enjoyed that until today when I just missed the default feel of things and decided to do a little bit of uninstall work. Much like some other new(ish) Mac users, the uninstall process kind of baffles me, but I will try to make this as short as possible with a few questions.

    GeekTool is a System Preferences pane and I had no way to uninstall it other than to re-download it and click uninstall after opening up the mounted disk. Is this the correct way to go about such an uninstall (pref panes) or is there an easier, more efficient way?

    I also wanted to uninstall LeopardDocksApp and LiteIcon, and I read that if an item lists "Show Package Contents" upon a right-click, then it is a "bundle" and the proper way to "uninstall" it is to simply move it to trash and then empty it. In doing this, would there still be items (files or what have you) associated with such "bundles" on my hard drive? I'm just really unconvinced by sending something to the Trash Bin and feeling like it is actually gone.

    When switching my Icons back to default - I was lucky enough to not have to entirely "Get Info -> Copy/Paste" every single one of them, I was able to use LiteIcon to "restore" each one before getting rid of it, although I had to restart in order for it to register - and even then it was kind of shaky. It is all displaying as the default stuff, though - so I suppose I am good there ...

    ... When navigating around though I noticed that there is an Applications folder under "Home" that leads to absolutely nothing, with the actual Applications folder with applications inside of it under "Hard Drive." I notice this for other things too, whether or not they may contain something or not - like the presence of a few different "Library" folders. Is there a reason for this, at all?

    I apologize for the length of this post and general rant, but I am attempting to get a much better understanding of this operating system and feel much more confident about my navigation and ability to install/uninstall, etc. I know it's a lot to read but I really appreciate any responses. Thank you.
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    If the uninstall "app" isn't on your hard drive, that's a fine way to go about it. But, see next answer...

    Maybe, but they probably don't take up much space. The best way to get rid of "absolutely everything" is to find it and move it to the Trash. I didn't say it was the easiest way!

    Yeah, the one in your account would be for apps that you want to be the only user who can get to them. If you don't have multiple accounts, that folder is useless.

    Yes! Don't mess with Library folders unless you know exactly what will happen.
  3. ' r i S e n thread starter macrumors regular

    May 15, 2011
    I guess deleting is the way to go, then. : )

    Thanks for your response.

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