How Do You Uninstall Programs on a Mac?


Quick Answer

You can remove programs and apps purchased through the Mac store by using the Trash icon and Launchpad function respectively. This removal process applies across OS X Mountain Lion and OS X Maverick platforms.

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  1. Establish admin rights

    Before deleting a program from your Mac, log into your device with the administrator account. To affirm administrative access, click the Apple menu, select System Preferences and go to Users & Groups.

  2. Dump the program into the Trash icon

    After logging in with admin rights, open the Applications folder and browse for the folder you wish to uninstall. Click (or press the CMD and DEL keys at the same time) and drag the folder to the Trash icon. Release the folder over the bin, right-click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash to permanently uninstall the folder.

  3. Access the Launchpad

    To delete programs that were installed from the Mac App Store, click (or press the Options key) and hold the icon for the app that you wish to delete. When the icon starts to wiggle, click the X that appears in the upper-left corner. Confirm removal by clicking Delete on the subsequent pop-up. The app will then transfer to the trash, so be sure to right-click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash to permanently remove the folder.

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