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The complete guide on How to uninstall programs on Mac

There comes a time when a few programs look overly outdated or useless to be residing on your Mac. This is the moment when you want to know how to uninstall applications on Mac.

Getting rid of programs on Mac is very different from how you do it on your Window based computer. While in Windows based PC, you can simply move to the ‘Add/Delete Program’ option and uninstall it from there, Mac operates differently.

Mac has what the software developers refer to as Application Bundles. These are the sets of files that are needed to run a program. By sending these files to Trash, users can get rid off applications on Mac.

The Quick Guide on How To Get rid off Software on Mac:

Most software in Mac with .app can be plainly sent to Trash and you have successfully uninstalled a program. These files ending with .app suffix are bundle folder and keep all files in one folder. You can re-examine by right clicking on the application icon and moving on to ‘Show Package Content’. Nevertheless there are some support files such as help and preferences files that are saved outside these bundles. While they don’t take much space you can delete them by going to the Library’s folder and then Preferences. (~/Library/Preferences).

Keep in mind by retaining these files, you keep the settings of the programs. When you install it, you get it back functioning in the same style as it worked when you had it installed.

As an alternate option, you can use third party software as well. Look for AppZapper or AppTrap, the later one is a free option. These uninstallers search for the Preference files as well.

One can also search built in uninstallers on the compact discs or in the image files. These are mostly named as “uninstaller.pl”

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