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Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Guides / Tips, Mac OS X |

Mac OS X: how to uninstall applications

Mac OS X: how to uninstall applications

Switching from Windows to Mac can be tough. Not because it is negative-in fact, I think it’s very positive, but in this case is a completely personal opinion, but because we are dealing with two different operating systems with details that are not replicated. They have both a graphical user interface, so it should not be complicated to use, but have key differences. Like for example, when we want to an application.

In Windows, usually have a. Exe to uninstall. We can also do from the Control Panel. We do not have this in Mac OS X. Nor do we have a place where we go to uninstall applications. We may use third-party applications to be responsible for what we do not remove more on the computer, but usually do not work too exhaustive and leave files and “waste” of the application you want to delete. The best way is to manually .

We also believe that, as we face a unique icon for an application, we also face a single. But in the applications pane, these icons represent a group of files that are required for the application to run smoothly. So the best way is to delete files through the finder. Generally, these apps leave behind preference files or application support, we can use if we decide to reinstall the application. But the truth is that they are unnecessary and will occupy space on the disk.

How can completely uninstall applications on Mac? It’s actually a very simple process.

  • Open Finder
  • Find the application you want to remove the name-we find no problems-
  • Click the + button that appears next to the search bar
  • In the search criteria, select “Other” and then “System Files”.
  • Include all files in the search
  • Select the search results to remove. The files are moved to choose Trash.
  • You need to remove all files related to the application you are in all folders.
  • After moving the files, verify that the remaining applications or system is working well, so we have not deleted anything by mistake.
  • Restart your Mac to check that everything has been deleted successfully.
  • Empty trash to permanently remove these files.

It is a very simple process, but as always be careful with the things we’re deleting. A good idea is, for example, complement this process with some of the alternatives to MacKeeper mentioned on a previous occasion.

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