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Uninstalling and deleting apps on a Mac - a how-to guide....

15 July 2013

Having spoken a lot about mobile apps recently, we have perhaps neglected computers and Macs. But in a world where many people are shifting away from Windows towards Apple technology, we thought that, this week, we’d take a look at how you would operate a Mac computer. Many of us know how to uninstall programs on Windows, but uninstalling Apple apps is not as well-known a process. So, here’s our guide to uninstalling Mac apps:

There are three main ways to remove applications from Apple Macs:
1. To uninstall apps that you have purchased from the Mac App Store - hold the option key, while in Launchpad, and the icons will begin to wiggle. Click the delete button (x) to uninstall the app. If an icon doesn’t have a delete button, then it cannot be uninstalled.

2. To uninstall apps that have not been purchased from the Mac App Store - drag the app to the Trash, and then choose Finder > Empty Trash. If you change your mind, before emptying the Trash, select the app in the Trash and then choose File > Put Back.

3. Sometimes, you may also find your apps come with their own uninstaller - this is only when an app developer deems it necessary to remove files stored outside the app that could be relatively large.

While this process is not too complicated, we hope that it’s an eye-opener for people who are inexperienced with Apple Macs or those who have used Windows laptops for the majority of their lives. If you are one of these and would like to further your skills with Apple computers, then there are steps you can take. We have recently partnered with Amsys, who are Europe’s leading provider of Apple training courses, so we are now able to bring you the best level of training in things such as mobile app development and Apple hardware.

If you would like to make the most of such courses, take a look at our course list and call Total Training Solutions on 0800 612 1299 or contact us via the website.

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