The uninstallation of apps from a Mac OS X is significantly diverse from the process followed in a machine running on Microsoft Windows. The primary reason is that the Mac OS X is not related to the Windows Registry. The Windows OS include an in-built uninstallation program that can be used to add or delete programs from the control panel.
However, the Mac OS does not have any such programs to enable users to modify applications or move these to the Trash folder. There are additional steps that are needed besides dragging and moving the programs to the Trash folder. This article is focused on guiding users on tips to uninstall applications.
Majority of the Mac OS X applications, which end in .app, such as iTunes and Safari are referred to as App Bundles. The icon viewed in the Finder, which is generally seen in the Applications Folder is a specialized folder that seems like a single double-click file. All the components needed to run the applications are located within these folders, which makes these self-fulfilling. This implies that uninstalling programs requires dragging the folder and moving these to Trash. By control clicking or right clicking on the icon, users are able to view Show Package Contents, which implies in its being bundled.
The apps leave the preference files and additionally the supporting files, which are not located within the apps bundles. The former files are easily delete-able; however, these consume limited memory on the disk. Keeping the preference files enables users to reinstall the application later if desired because the settings are available. These files are located within the Preferences folder inside the Library folder. Alternatively, these may be found in the system-wide library that is located at the root of the systems volumes.
The apps support files use memory ranging from some KB to huge GB space, which is determined by the installed applications. Some examples of these large supporting files apps include media programs, such as Garage Band and DVD Studio Pro. These applications can be located in the Apps Support Folder that is within the library’s folder.
To delete the application icon within the Dock, you must ensure you are not using the application. Then you need to drag the icon from the dock and leave it. With an animated smoke puff, the icon will disappear. This step deletes the icon from the dock or the shortcut; however, it will not delete the application or its supporting files.
Ways to use Finder to delete apps bundles and the extra files
The following is the procedure to manually delete the app and related files.
First, you need to launch the finder and search for the name of the application, which should be distinct like Skype
Users may narrow their search to some specified folders or within the complete Mac OS
Users can search for file name versus contents to acquire improved outcomes
You can click on the + button under the search terms for additional criteria
Clicking on the search criteria drop down menu to select “other” option followed by the “system files”
Change the “don’t include” option to “include”
You can sort the files based on name, kind of file, date of the file, and other criteria to identify the elements of the application, such as the folders, .plist, cache, and other
Users can then delete the files and folders associated with the specific application
Ensure that the Trash folder is not emptied until users determine that everything is fine. This is to ensure that you are able to restore files that were removed by an error
You may need to reboot your machine to remove some of the applications
Applications with Installers and Uninstallers
Some of the applications may be installed using the assistance of an installer. Users are recommended to retry the installation to check if the uninstallation procedure is available during the installation process (this may often be found in the drop down menu). Verify the installation CD-Rom or the disc images for the original installation files. A few sellers may include easy Perl codes, which run the command lines to remove the applications and may be termed as “uninstaller.pl”
Third Party Uninstallation Programs
Several third party uninstallers can be found that enable the search for some of the preferred files.
However, you must be aware that the third party uninstallation programs do not completely delete the files and the folders related to the applications. Most will delete smaller files like .plist files; however, these will not delete the larger files. When users want to completely delete all the files and folders related to the uninstallation applications, you must use the Finder or the manual techniques outlined in the above discussion.