Sep 28, 2020 Command-H: Hide the windows of the front app. To view the front app but hide all other apps, press Option-Command-H. Command-M: Minimize the front window to the Dock. To minimize all windows of the front app, press Option-Command-M. Command-O: Open the selected item, or open a dialog to select a file to open. Command-P: Print the current document. Oct 29, 2009 Unlike other operating systems, though, Apple doesn’t provide a simple method to uninstall applications. In the case of a DMG based install, all you have to do is drag the application from the Applications folder into the Trash and it’s gone. A pkg based installer, on the other hand, doesn’t offer any such luxuries. How can you completely uninstall (remove files that belong to a certain package) in Mac OS X? Can this be done using a command in the terminal? I have installed a.pkg package on my Mac and I am wondering as to how I can uninstall the entire package without using a third party application such as UninstallPKG? To uninstall the Creative Cloud app, find and launch Uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud and enter your admin password when prompted. Select Uninstall from the confirmation window: The process to uninstall Creative Cloud will then begin, with a progress bar indicating its status.

Windows offers several methods to remove installed apps and programs, and a number of users decide even to go a step further and rely on third-party software for the same task because they bring a bunch of extras, like cleaning all leftovers.

How To Uninstall Software On Mac

At this point, removing installed apps can be done either from the Settings app or from the Control Panel, though the latter would sooner or later go away completely as part of Microsoft’s migration to the first.

In Settings, if you want to uninstall a specific app, what you have to do is navigate to Settings > Apps > Apps & features and in the list in the lower part of the screen, just click the item you want to get rid off and then hit the option that reads Uninstall.

Windows 10 users who want to remove Microsoft Store apps can do this faster from the Start menu by simply right-clicking any entry and then clicking Uninstall.

But at the same time, power users relying on Command Prompt or those who want to create scripts to rapidly uninstall a specific Win32 application can do this by following the next steps.

First and foremost, you must be logged in with an administrator account. Needless to say, standard users aren’t allowed to remove installed apps.

Then, you need to launch Command Prompt with administrator privileges. You can just type cmd in the Start menu, right-click the result and hit the option that reads Run as administrator.

The next step involves finding the name of the program that you want to uninstall. First, let’s see the list of the installed software (this means that only apps that were deployed with the Windows Installer would be displayed) – to do this, type the following command in the Cmd Prompt window you just launched:

wmic product get nameNow you should see something that looks like in the screenshot below – these are the programs installed on your system, so when you use their name, make sure that you correctly type every single letter, including the caps.

Since you know the name of the item that you want to uninstall, what you have to do next is to send the command that will actually uninstall it. The command is the following:

wmic product where name='name' call uninstallWhat you need to change here is the name parameter marked in italic. Make sure you keep the quotes and write the name of the application exactly as it’s displayed after running the first command. Once the application is removed successfully, you should be able to see a message like in the screenshot below.

The removal command can be further customized with the /nointeractive parameter to complete without any further input. This means that should the removal process require your authorization before it starts, this step would automatically be skipped and the app uninstalling starts after hitting the enter key.

The command should look like in the example below – again, you need to change the name parameter with the name of the program and also keep the quotes:

wmic product where name='name' call uninstall /nointeractiveIt goes without saying that once you remove an app, the only way to bring it back is to install the same package from scratch, so if you’re not sure you’re doing the right thing, you better create a backup before anything else.

These commands can be included in BAT files or scripts for easy removal of a specific app from a dozen of computers in a network or can also be used remotely when certain features, like the Settings app, are blocked due to various reasons such as a malware infection.

We live in the golden age of apps. We are being spammed by the apps forcing us to update, install the latest extension, read some marketing fluff that’s pouring on us from every pop up window. Your best defence is to teach yourself about deleting software properly. And simply dragging apps to the Trash is no way a secure deletion.

Why? Because it leaves behind app parts and pieces. And leaving software only half uninstalled will fill up gigabytes of space on your Mac’s hard drive with useless clutter. And sure you could find a better use for that space. That’s why, until Apple decides to make the right choice and develop a better way to completely uninstall apps on Mac, we’ve prepared some efficient tips and tricks to help you uninstall apps manually and keep the performance of your Mac at its peak, day in and day out.

A complete guide to uninstall software on Mac

In this guide, we’re going to show you how to completely remove apps from your Mac in order to free up space and have your Mac running at full power.


We’ve prepared two ways for deleting apps on Mac. We'll start off by explaining manual ways of deleting apps on Mac.

Did you know: Some apps are hard to delete manually as they consist of many unseen parts. In this case, you'll need a special 'app destroyer.' The most popular one is CleanMyMac X by MacPaw.

Whichever method you choose, it will help you to correctly remove apps on Mac. You will then have a clean Mac and a lot more free space to store your digital possessions.

What’s more, we’ve also added 2 bonus tips for uninstalling Java and deleting apps via the Terminal:

  1. Bonus 1: Uninstall Java on Mac
  2. Bonus 2: Uninstall apps using Terminal

Sounds good? Now, let’s take out the trash!

How to Remove Programs on Mac manually

It’s time for the big reveal. We’re going to show you where to find all the associated app files that remain trapped on your Mac even after you’ve sent an app to the Trash.

But before we proceed, take caution. If you’ve chosen the manual method to remove programs on Mac we admire your determination, but we must also warn you to keep a careful eye on what you’re deleting. You don’t want to end up removing essential files. So, carefully check all the filenames before you begin to uninstall software on Mac and make sure they belong to the app you want to remove.

Sending apps to the Trash

Open your Applications (from the sidebar in Finder).

Select an app and drag it onto the Trash bin. That's it.

What if it doesn't work?

Sometimes, for the mysterious reasons, your Mac would refuse to delete some files. If this happens, reboot your system and try again, after you’ve pressed Command-Option-Esc and made sure the app is not listed as running. If it is, force quit and try again.

The hard truth about leftovers

There’s also the risk of having some app files slip through the cracks of the manual method, if you’re not thorough enough. To illustrate, we've deleted the XCode software by dragging it to the Trash. It ended up leaving 1.9 GB worth of remaining files. It may depend on an app, though.

We'll explain how to eliminate them in a second. But, again, if you'd like to automatically delete these minor app parts, skip to the automatic solution with CleanMyMac X.

Dealing with the remaining parts

Now, let’s gather all strength and begin our manual hunt for app leftovers! To make sure you don’t miss anything and you remove software from your Mac correctly, follow these steps:

  • Step 1 – write down the name of the apps that you have sent to the Trash and go to the next step to start finding apps leftovers and associated files.

  • Step 2 – go to the following locations and if you find a folder associated with any app name you have written down, delete it to completely uninstall the programs.

Open the Finder

Click on Finder > Go> Go to Folder...

So, to fully remove an app and its leftovers from your Mac you need to check these locations in the Finder.

That was obviously a cumbersome way to delete things. In the next chapter we'll show the much easier method.

Don’t forget to empty the Trash

Once your apps are moved to the Trash bin you need to empty it. Open the Trash bin and click the Empty button to erase its contents.

How to delete Mac apps automatically

There is a whole category of app uninstallers for Mac that takes advantage of macOS' inability to remove apps completely. Among the trusted tools, you may check CleanMyMac X by MacPaw. It's notarized by Apple and is the most user-friendly compared to analogous apps.

You may download the free edition of CleanMyMac X here. This app will detect the unseen apps and you can delete many apps at once by simply checking them in the list. The free version that allows you to clean a big portion of junk. This means you can delete a couple of un-deletable apps at no cost.

If you like it, you’ll be able to upgrade to the paid version and give your Mac a full clean out. You’ll also be able to uninstall apps on Mac correctly at any given time, without limits.

To remove apps from Mac the easy way with CleanMyMac X follow these steps:

  • Launch CleanMyMac and go to the Uninstaller tab
  • Click View All Applications
  • Select any app you want to remove completely
  • Click Uninstall to remove 100% of the app from your Mac

As you can see from the screenshot, there is an option to filter out the AppStore apps, the Unused apps, 32-bit ones and more.

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Uninstall applications using Launchpad

You can use Launchpad to get rid of your apps and widgets.

  • Open Launchpad in the Dock
  • Hold down the Command key and click on any app
  • Wait until the apps start shaking

Now you can click the hovering [X] icon to delete the app.

How to completely uninstall Java from your Mac

Java plugin is known to have conflict issues with many apps. Re-installing it helps to get some Mac’s services back to working. But completely removing Java might seem a bit harder than uninstalling normal apps. However, it’s not rocket science. With a few clicks and double-clicks, you’ll be ready to enjoy more space and more speed from your Mac, free from the clutter. Space you can, of course, use to install another Java version if you please.

How To Uninstall A Program On Mac

So here’s how to completely delete Java. Remove one directory and one file (a symlink), as follows:

  1. Click on the Finder icon located in your dock
  2. Click on the Utilities folder
  3. Double-click on the Terminal icon
  4. In the Terminal window Copy and Paste the commands below:
    • sudo rm -fr /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin
    • sudo rm -fr /Library/PreferencePanes/JavaControlPanel.prefPane
    • sudo rm -fr ~/Library/Application Support/Java

How To Delete Apps On Mac

How to uninstall apps on Mac using Terminal

We've shown you how to remove Java plugin using Terminal. But as one might guess, it works for any other app. This procedure requires 2 commands: 1) Finding the app's location (using the mdfind command) 2) Removing that folder using sudo rm -rf. The latter command may cause damage, so don't use it if you're not sure what you doing).

Okay. Open your Terminal app (you can type its name into the Launchpad)

1. First, we'll find the app's location

Now, paste this command into the Terminal window:

mdfind -name <The name of your app>

For example, the app I'm trying to delete is named 'NVU'


Press enter and the Terminal will show you where the app is located on your Mac.

2. Delete that particular path

To remove the app, paste this command into the Terminal window:

sudo rm -rf <The location you've just found>

In my case it looks like this:

Note: sudo rm -rf may break your system if used incorrectly. You may delete your entire user account. If not sure, try other methods described in this article.

Now, enter your password to confirm.

Did it work? Congratulations — you may officially call yourself a geek now.

How to reset apps without deleting them

Yes, you can do that too. Resetting an app is easily the greatest do-it-yourself trick any Mac user can try. What it does is brings the application to its default state, and most importantly, leaves your user data intact. For example, your apps are out of sync with one another so what the reset does is helps restore the initial app settings. It deletes the app cache that causes lots of software glitches. The App Reset feature is found in the Uninstaller tab in CleanMyMac X.

By the way, you can even reset your Mac's default apps, like Safari if they are broken. Here's me resetting my Safari browser:

To use these feature, which is really a hidden gem, open the Uninstaller tab in CleanMyMac X (download its free edition here)

  1. Find and click on the Uninstaller tab.
  2. Choose any app in the list
  3. Click on the dropdown menu under the Uninstall button. This reveals the Reset option.

Now you know everything needed to delete apps on Mac the correct way, achieve complete uninstallation and remove annoying quirks and strange apps behaviors. Whether you choose the manual method or opt for the clean up app CleanMyMac X, you can be sure your Mac will be free of unnecessary app files that eat up disk space in vain. Staying safe and clean feels great, right?