How to Remove Programs on a Mac

By Jamie Lisse

If you have installed a program on your Mac that you no longer want or need you may want to remove it from the computer. On a Mac, programs are referred to as “applications.” There is not an “uninstall program” button anywhere on a Mac like you may be used to seeing on a Windows-based computer. In fact, removing a program on a Mac is very different than doing so on a Windows-based computer.

Step 1

Open “Finder” on your Mac. Click on “Applications” under “Places” on the left panel of the “Finder” screen. This will display a list of all the installed programs on your Mac.

Step 2

Scroll through the list of programs that are installed on your Mac. They are in alphabetical order. Look until you locate the program that you want to remove.

Step 3

Use your mouse to click on the program that you want to remove. This will select it.

Step 4

Right-click on the program with your mouse. This will open a pop-up menu. Select “Move to Trash” from the available menu options. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the program into the “Trash.” Confirm that you want to put it in the trash if you see a confirmation message on the screen.

Step 5

Click on “Trash” from your dock at the bottom of your screen. This will open the “Trash” to reveal all of the items in it. Click on the “Empty” button on the “Trash” screen. Confirm that you want to empty the trash, which will will completely remove the program from the Mac.