Properly Deleting

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by DawnFrost, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. DawnFrost macrumors newbie

    DawnFrost

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    #1
    Hi, I was just wondering how to properly delete stuff such as widget or programs I've downloaded to try and didn't like. I have been just dragging and dropping into the trash, but I fear that I may be leaving other files behind by mistake. Thanks.
     
  2. Relentlos macrumors member

    Relentlos

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    I payed for a little program called app zapper which works well. I drag an app into it, and it will come up with the application, preference files, and anything else related to it. I simply hit the zap button and it's all deleted.

    There may be a free program that does similar though, not sure. For widgets I think it's fine to just delete the widget normally.
     
  3. Caleb531 macrumors 6502

    Caleb531

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  4. montycat macrumors 6502

    montycat

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    #4
    +1 for AppCleaner:)
     
  5. saxon48 macrumors 6502a

    saxon48

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    AppZapper and AppCleaner are both excellent programs that essentially do the same thing. Price is the only deciding factor (free for AC, pay for AZ).
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    AppCleaner, AppZapper and AppDelete mostly only delete .plist files along with the app, which are small text files. They leave behind much larger files. None of those three are very effective.

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