How Do You Uninstall Adobe Software on a Mac?


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To uninstall Adobe software on a Mac, begin by dragging the entire Adobe folder and dropping it onto the Trash icon. Remove any lingering files from the Library locations on your hard drive. Adobe software does not generally make kernel changes, so these steps should remove the software.

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The Adobe folder is likely to be in the Applications location, but it may be on the desktop or in another location if it was placed there during installation. Dropping the Adobe folder into the Trash starts the uninstall process, but the full process may require a password if another user installed the program initially.

Additionally, Adobe programs often store some files in separate locations, and these need to be removed manually. Two Library files exist in a Mac's hard drive structure: one at the top of the hierarchy, and one in the Home folder. Both of these may contain files relating to the Adobe suite, so searching them for any files or folders that contain a program name such as "Acrobat" in their names is important.

Locations where such files may exist include /Library, /Library/Application Support, /Library/LaunchAgents, /Library/Preferences, /Library/PreferencePanes and /Library/StartupItem. Any files relating to the now-deleted folder can be removed manually.

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