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How to uninstall programs on Mac?

There are two main ways to uninstall programs on your Mac:

1. Using Launchpad:

  • Launchpad is the application launcher similar to the Start menu on Windows. Here’s how to uninstall programs using it:

    1. Open Launchpad. You can find it in the Dock or access it by swiping up with three fingers on your trackpad (if enabled).
    2. Press and hold the Option key (⌥ Opt) on your keyboard. This will make the app icons jiggle.
    3. Click the “X” that appears in the top left corner of the app you want to uninstall.
    4. Confirm the deletion by clicking Delete.

2. Using Finder:

  • This method works for apps not located in Launchpad, such as downloaded applications.

    1. Open Finder.
    2. Go to the Applications folder. You can find it in the sidebar or navigate using Go > Applications from the menu bar.
    3. Drag the app icon you want to uninstall to the Trash in the Dock.
    4. Empty the Trash to permanently delete the application.

Additional notes:

  • Uninstalling vs. deleting: Uninstalling removes the application and its associated files from your Mac. Deleting only removes the app icon, but its files might still be present on your storage.
  • Uninstalling specific apps: Some applications come with their own uninstallers. You might find them within the application itself or in a separate folder within the Applications folder.
  • Administrator privileges: You might need administrator privileges to uninstall certain applications. If prompted, enter the administrator password to proceed.
  • Leftover files: Even after uninstalling, some applications might leave behind leftover files or preferences. You can use third-party uninstaller tools or manually search for and delete them, but exercise caution to avoid removing essential system files.
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