New to Mac - How do I uninstall applications ?

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  1. jonandjen

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    Sorry if this is a stupid one but ...........

    Just got my first Mac (MB Pro 2.4 ghz SR) and I'm loving it, however I can't seem to work out how to uninstall programs / applications.

    There doesn't seem to be an obvious 'uninstall programs' element to OSX. Do I therefore just move the relevant program/application folder to 'Trash' or am I missing something ?

    Any advice please ?

    Regards, jonandjen
     
  2. Pbryanw

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    Yes it's as simple as that on a Mac - just move the App from your Applications folder to Trash and then empty the trash. Some programs leave preferences and caches behind and deleting by this method doesn't get rid of them. If you want to get rid of everything I recommend AppZapper. (Although there's a small fee for the full program).

    To be honest though AppZapper's only really for peace of mind. Sending an App to the trash bin is usually the way to go.
     
  3. jont

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    jonandjen

    Some programs will come with an 'uninstaller' which will clear out the library/preferences file as well (Adobe springs to mind - and you'll find this lurking in the Utilities folder) ...

    Glad you are loving your MBP ;-)

    Jon
     
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    I use a freeware utility called AppDelete. It's more thorough than simply deleting the application from the Applications folder - it tries to clear-down library files and so forth. It's not full-proof - I occasionally find odd files left over from an application that I've deleted a while back, but it's surprising just how many files also get splattered around the system.

    HTH


    Clem
     
  5. Pbryanw

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    Also, to add to Clem's post, I've just come across Apptrap.

    From TUAW:

    "AppTrap comes closer to replicating the Mac simplicity we all enjoy so much. Expanding on the drag-and-drop workflow used to install programs, simply drag the unused application to the trash, and AppTrap pops up asking if you'd also like to delete any associated files.

    AppTrap is free, open source, and installed as a system preference pane."
     
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    I recently had installed a trial of Toast on my mac. I removed the program but now when I right click on files it gives me the option to "toast it" even although the program has been deleted. How do I remove this from the menu?
     
  7. SamRadford

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    Apple menu -> System preferences -> CDs & DVDs
    :)
     
  8. agoodey

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    You need to remove the ToastIt.plugin file from the ~/Library/Contextual Menu Items/ folder (click on your Home in a finder window then navigate to Library -> Contextual Menu Items)

    If the file isn't there, it will be in Macintosh HD/Library/Contextual Menu Items/
     
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    right click the app,click "show package contents" then drag items to the trash
     
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    wow...how did you manage to come across this ancient thread??
     
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    AppCleaner and AppDelete for free or AppZapper paid. Though I understand Butler can be configured to do it also. Just for the record of course ;)
     

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