How to Delete Apple Applications

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Deleting applications from an Apple computer is usually just a matter of dragging it to the trash. Many applications consist of a single file located in your Application folder. Other applications may reside in their own folder inside the Application folder alongside related files and documents. There are a few applications, like Adobe and Microsoft applications, that will keep related files in folders and sub-folders in the "Document" folder or in the "Library" folder. If you want to remove all related files and not just the application, these may require some research before deleting them from your computer.

  • Check the application "readme" file or refer to its online documentation for specific uninstall directions.

  • Open the application folder in the Finder if it has its own folder. Look for any files you may have created with the application that you want to keep.

  • Search for files related to the application in the Finder. Open the Finder and type the name of the application in the search field. Select "This Mac" and "File Name." The Finder will search your entire hard drive and list all the files and folders with names matching your search. Examine all the files and folders it displays.

  • Click on each file and folder you want to delete. Press "Command" and "Delete" or drag them into your Trash to do so.

  • Wait a few days before emptying your Trash in case you later find you have deleted a file you want to keep.

  • Restore deleted files in your Trash by opening the Trash. Press the "Control" key and click on the item and then select "Put Back" to do so. The file or folder will be returned to its original location.

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