uninstalling app - #1 stupid newbee question

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  1. dmarcus48 macrumors newbie

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    ok, so I have an app installed and I've decided that I want to uninstall it. I don't believe that it's as simple as dragging the app to the trash. How is it done?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Drag the app to the trash.
     
  3. 184550 Guest

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    Sync to iTunes. Delete App from your iTunes library.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Huh? What does iTunes have to do with uninstalling an app? I'll answer my own question: Nothing!
     
  5. dmarcus48 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Really that's it? It'll clean up all the files? And really how did Itunes get in there. I'm talking about a program on the macbook, nothing about an ipod or itouch.
     
  6. Protokoll macrumors member

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    Just drag the App to the Trash. If you think the App has installed some preference files or other associated clutter you can download AppCleaner or AppZapper (the former is free and the latter is not) and they will nuke everything associated with the App.
     
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    Just drag the application to the Trash, the iTunes confusion got into this thread, because you wrote "app", and some people think of iOS apps.

    Uninstalling Applications in Mac OS X

    via "mac os x how to uninstall applications"
     
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  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The only thing left behind may be a very small text file known as a .plist. It contains any settings/preferences you might have chosen, in case you ever want to reinstall the app. You can use something like AppCleaner or AppZapper to get rid of those, too, but it's really not necessary. All the application files are bundled in the .app file, unlike Windows which scatters install files everywhere.

    Exactly. That poster doesn't know what they're talking about.
     
  10. dmarcus48 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I understand, still getting used to the mac "lingo" lol. Thanks for the quick answers guys. Great forum. Love the MBP so far.

    Dave
     
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    If you are just getting started with Mac OS X, have a look at the following links, as the information presented there might be helpful in your future endeavours into Mac OS X and could clear up initial confusion and may even prevent harm to your system or your files.

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  12. dmarcus48 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for this, i have a lot of reading to do!
     
  13. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    I'm glad this thread is here. I didn't really now how to uninstall either. I downloaded Appcleaner, and its a really nice app though.

    Everything seems so much nicer on a Mac, even the smallest details.

    One thing I really like about the Mac is I can open the application (at least most) to see how I like it, before I install it. Nice!
     
  14. dmarcus48 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    it's funny, one of the things I'm finding the hardest is the minimize and close icons on the left side of the screen!!
     
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  16. Modernape macrumors regular

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    If you really want to clean up, but don't want to install additional stuff to do it for you, after you've dragged the app into the trash, go into your user account in Finder (should be the default finder window), open Library, then Application Support, then search for the app and trash the folder with that name.
     
  17. dmarcus48 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Good info thanks, I'm an oracle dba and I usually work on unix or linux servers so this is good stuff.
     

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