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How to delete an application on Mac OS X

There are a few different methods for deleting an application based on how you installed it.

1

Click the launchpad icon in the dock. Then find the app you want to delete. Click and hold the app you want to delete, then click the x and confirm.

You can also follow these step-by-step instructions for how to delete an app downloaded from the Mac App Store.

2

If the app can't be delete in Launchpad, it may have an uninstaller. Open Finder, then click on the Applications folder. If your application has a folder, that folder may have an uninstaller. If it does, click the uninstaller to begin the process.

Again, here are step-by-step instructions for uninstalling an app on OS X using an uninstaller.

3

If neither of the above methods work, you can use AppCleaner. This is a step up from dragging the application into the trash because it attempts to find all files associated with the app.

You can find step-by-step instructions for deleting an app using AppCleaner here.