How to Remove OpenOffice From a Mac

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To remove OpenOffice from a Mac computer, use the same process as most other other apps: drag it into the trash. The only exception to most smaller apps is that OpenOffice creates files in three different locations. So you want to make sure you get them all, particularly if you're deleting the app because of hard drive limitations. Unlike Windows, OS X doesn't require that you run an uninstaller to remove most apps from the system.

  • Click the “Finder” icon in your Dock or press "Command-F" to open a new Finder window. Click the “Applications” folder the left column.

  • Locate the OpenOffice app and drag it into the icon Trash in the Dock.

  • Click your username in the left column of the Finder window, then the "Library" folder, then “Application Support.” Drag the “OpenOffice.org” folder into the Trash.

  • Open your “Preferences” folder. Drag the “org.openoffice.script.plist” file into the Trash.

  • Click the "Finder" menu at the top of the screen while the Finder window is still open and select "Empty Trash."

Tips & Warnings

  • If your Mac's hard drive is running low on space, use Secure Empty Trash instead of Empty Trash. This completely deletes the file, ensuring the space is immediately available to the computer for virtual memory.

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