Removing Applications-and all traces of program

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MkX2, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. MkX2 macrumors newbie


    Nov 19, 2008
    I am clearing out the programs that I no longer use, or never have. I would like to remove them entirely and am not sure if the simple drag and drop into trash is all it takes. Also if you have an Installer program that says KB on disk- do I need to keep that or is that something else I can erase?
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Please temper your font size.

    You can just drag it to the Trash. There are plists left behind, but they're kilobytes at best. AppZapper or AppDelete will eliminate everything associated with the app in question.
  3. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    you can search for traces of an app's files by searching for the app name in Finder search with "System files - included" added. no third party app removers needed.
  4. MkX2 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Nov 19, 2008
    What does 'temper your font size' mean exactly???
  5. hughvane macrumors 6502


    Aug 25, 2008
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
    'Tallest' means reduce the text size. I think Size 2 is default.

    For application removal, I use CleanApp, very effective. If you use the OS Trash to remove stuff, you can reclaim disk space thereafter by using Disk Utility > Erase > Erase Free Space. It's slow, and it requires about 30% (my estimate) existing free space to work properly.
  6. bki122689 macrumors 6502


    Sep 18, 2008
    ok what you need to do it do to your applications and right click on the applications you want to delete. If you see a option that says show package contents, then you can just drag it to your trash.


    if there is no option for show package content, then you have 2 steps to do.
    1. drag to your trash
    2. go to your library macishtosh hd>library and search for remaining files that are part of the program and delete them.

    but most of the time, the apps have show package content. so just drag to trash bin.
  7. emt1 macrumors 65816

    Jan 30, 2008
    This is incorrect. Erasing free space does nothing to "reclaim free space". Once you empty the trash, you have that space back. The function of "erase free space" is to prevent the recovery of previously deleted files. Erasing free space is generally not needed for most users.

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