Noob Questions

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jsbarone, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. jsbarone macrumors regular

    May 8, 2007

    I'm on day number two now as a mac switcher, and so far things are going great. I do have a few questions though:

    I've installed a few applications like aMSN and Adobe Photoshop CS3 that I wanted to remove, so I dragged them out of the folder, but it didn't seem to do an uninstall in the way I'm used to it. What is the correct way to uninstall an app, and where do I check to see if it actually did?

    I installed aMSN to video chat with my Dad who uses Windows Live Messenger. It didn't work, and I'd really like a fully featured video chat app that we can use. What do I do?

    I'm an advanced PC User but am completely lost in this new OS, so any of your help or direction would be great. My biggest concern is just to "clean" my PC of the shreds of apps that remain.

  2. mattscott306 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2007
    Most files/folders/apps can be deleted properly by dragging them to the trash icon located in your dock. After that press :apple:-shift-delete to empty the trash.

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  3. jialuolu macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2005
    Use AppZapper to uninstall applications. Simply dragging apps to the trash will leave behind preferences and other garbage files
  4. samh004 macrumors 68020


    Mar 1, 2004
    Install Mercury Messenger to do video conversation to WLM. I use it all the time and the betas for the latest version are getting better and better. That being said, the previous version is stable enough and fine to use, but when you want to be a bit more adventurous, the betas will always be there (in the forums of the site).

    Click here to download the latest stable version of Mercury. Open the dmg when it is downloaded and drag the application to your applications folder, then start it up. You'll find way too many settings that you can explore as you get used to it.

    If you'd like to try a beta, that may have bugs, but has newer features too, Choose a new version from that link, and remember that newer versions will occasionally present themselves there. I use the latest beta, and it runs pretty well on my Mac mini.
  5. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    usually just preferences, which take up almost no room.

    if the app came with an installer, then there is probably an uninstaller for it too. but most apps you can just drop into the apps folder, and just drop into trash to delete.
  6. Taylor C macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2007
    Good mac apps keep everything inside a 'package' (the icon you see in the applications folder). Some, however, such as CS3, toss things in other folders around your system. While it's possible to delete these yourself; using AppZapper or AppDelete is much easier.

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