I am using a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.5. I am new to this development environment, and previously worked on Windows.

For the software I installed, how can I uninstall them? I did not find something like the Add/Remove programs function of the Windows Control Panel.

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While you can simply drag the .app out of the Applications folder and into the Trash, this will often leave at least a few preference files laying around.

I use (and highly recommend) you use AppZapper instead.

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    A free application doing the same is AppCleaner.
    – Felix
    May 23, 2010 at 14:33
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    I found AppZapper works faster then AppCleaner.
    – Josh K
    May 23, 2010 at 15:54
  • @Josh, AppZapper is not free?
    – George2
    May 24, 2010 at 0:48
  • @George2: Nope, it's $13 or so. Not much money for a very useful app.
    – Josh K
    May 24, 2010 at 1:02
  • AppZapper is worth whatever they charge for it. I added an icon for it in all my finder windows, so I can simply drag an app onto that icon to whack it. May 24, 2010 at 2:11

The files to be deleted can be found usually in in your file system under:

  • home/applications/*
  • home/application support
  • home/library/preferences
  • home/library/preference panes
  • /<harddrive>/library/application support/*
  • /<harddrive>/library/preferences/*
  • /<harddrive>/library/preference panes/*

So delete the primary icon and then look for associated files in these areas. What other areas am i forgetting?

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    superuser.com/editing-help That should solve ALL your problems :)
    – S.Hoekstra
    May 23, 2010 at 14:48
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    Because you have not learned how to properly format your answer. Please read the link S.Hoekstra provided.
    – Josh K
    May 23, 2010 at 15:56

Generally, for Macs it's so simple that you think there's got to be more to it. You can simply drag the application to the trash. Or you can right mouse click and select "Move to Trash". There may be a few applications which include an "Uninstall.app" file, in which case you should run that program. Probably this question has been answered previously, but I didn't do a search for it.


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