Uninstalling software

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Odisey, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. Odisey macrumors member


    Mar 10, 2008
    Me again,
    The simplest stuff - I am lost. I DLed a few FTP programs to try. I have no idea how to uninstall and delete them. ....

  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Drag them to the trash from the Applications folder :)

    For some big apps, there is an uninstaller, and for the stuff with hundreds of little files everywhere taking up space (namely GarageBand) try CleanApp.
  3. EB66 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    i use a program called appdelete, u just drag the app into appdelete and it delets it and all the associated preferences and files with it
  4. srl7741 macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2008
    In my world
    +1 for appdelete, seems to work great and best of all it's free.
  5. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Things like appdelete may have a use for applications with an installer (ie Adobe apps), but as psychofreak said, if the apps you downloaded to try had "drag and drop" installs (that is, dragging the application from the install disk image to the Applications folder), then just dragging from the Applications folder to the trash is sufficient to completely remove them--nothing more necessary.

    Technically, they have probably left a pref file or two in your Preferences folder, but that's maybe a few K max, so can safely be ignored.

    And actually, if you're testing and you just open the program directly off of its install disk image, you don't need to do ANYTHING--toss the DMG and it's gone. Try before you install, so to speak.
  6. Odisey thread starter macrumors member


    Mar 10, 2008
    I am learning here.

    I DLed three programs. I installed 2. One I dragged from the DL folder to the trash. It seems to be gone. One I installed is in the Apps folder. It is one package I can drag it to the trash. The other asked if I wanted to install a widget for the Dash board. I got this extra widget on the DB and cannot find it in the Apps folder. How to get rid of it...?

    Found it!

    I will get it....

    The Mac is looking way cooler than the PC ever did. Stuff fits together much nicer. I like it.
  7. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2008
    AppDelete does also delete Widgets and System Preferences panes in the same way it deletes apps (search for all associated files).


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