How to Delete Files From Deleted Mac Applications


According to Macworld magazine, uninstalling applications in the Macintosh operating system is simpler than doing so in the Windows operating system. Uninstalling software on a Macintosh computer entails dragging the application bundle for the software to the trash. However, not all application files are stored within the application bundle for a program. Completely deleting an application requires locating and deleting several application support files after removing the application bundle.

  • Launch Finder by clicking the "Finder" icon in the dock. Navigate to your Home folder by clicking on your account name listed under Places in the Finder window.

  • Click the "Library" icon and look for a folder with the name of the application deleted or the name of the company that distributes the application. Move this folder to the trash by right clicking on the folder and selecting "Move to Trash." Not all applications create a file folder in the Library folder.

  • Open the Application Support folder by clicking the "Application Support" icon in the Library folder. Locate the folder with the name of the deleted application or the name of the company that distributes the application and move the folder to the trash.

  • Remove recent entries made by the deleted application. Click the "Caches" folder from within the Library folder. Find the entry for the deleted application and move the entry to the trash.

  • Delete preferences for the deleted application. Click on "Preferences" while in the Library folder and move the entry for the deleted application to the trash.

  • Empty the trash to delete the files for the deleted application. Right click on the "Trash" icon in the dock and select "Empty Trash."

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have more than one application from the same company, open the folder with the company name found in the Library, Application Support, Caches and Preferences folders and only move the folders or entries for the deleted application to the trash.
  • Deleting application files and folders is permanent and cannot be undone.

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