How to Delete a Program / App on iMac


If you own an iMac, then you know how convenient it can be to store and use programs and apps on your computer. But sometimes, you may find that you no longer need or want a certain program or app and need to delete it from your iMac. Deleting unnecessary programs from your iMac is not difficult, but it must be done correctly in order for the process to work.

Removing applications from iMac using the Trash

Deleting apps from your iMac is easily done with the Trash. To begin, make sure to quit out of the app that you want to delete; this will ensure a successful removal. Next, you can find it in the Finder and click once in order to select it. From there, you can simply drag it from Applications to the Trash. This should be done relatively quickly as you don’t need any further confirmation that this isn’t wanted by the user; thus leaving no trace behind. The process is quite straight forward and easy enough for even beginners to understand when they try their hand at deleting apps on their own machine.

Deleting apps on iMac using Launchpad

Deleting apps on an iMac with Launchpad is easy to do. First, you must quit the application if it is running. This can be done by selecting the application from the Dock, then clicking on its icon in the menu bar of your Mac (if applicable) and then selecting Quit. Alternatively, you can press Command+Option+Esc (⌘+⌥+Esc) to bring up the force quit window and select your app from there.

Once you have confirmed that the app is no longer running, you need to open up Launchpad. You can open Launchpad by clicking on its icon in the Dock or by opening it from Applications folder via Finder. Another way to open Launchpad would be to pinch thumb and fingers together on your trackpad or simply use Spotlight search to find it quickly. When you’ve done this, swipe over to the application you want to delete and click and hold until it starts wiggling with an X at its top left corner. Finally, click on the X button to permanently remove it from your Mac.

Apps that can’t be delete

It’s perplexing to find out that you can’t delete certain apps from your Mac device. Chess is perhaps the most prominent example and yet it may come as a surprise to many that their Mac device even has this game in its internal storage. In older iterations of macOS, trying to delete Chess would display an error message stating that it is required by the system but with Catalina, this simply doesn’t happen — it just won’t let you delete the app.

There are theories about ways to work around this feature, like temporarily disabling certain security functions such as System Integrity Protection. However, attempting these techniques should be done with extreme caution. In case anything goes wrong or an unwanted outcome occurs, all blame should not rest on the article itself. It would be better to seek help from professionals with more knowledge in regards to advising safe practices when attempting tricky tech tasks.

After you delete an app

When you delete an app, you may think all associated files are gone as well. Unfortunately, this is not always the case – many times pieces and pieces of the app can remain on your Mac which could lead to bothersome system conflicts. To avoid this potential issue it’s a good idea to use a third-party utility such as Hazel to handle the task of cleaning up after an app deletion.

Hazel is one of the best utilities for Mac users looking for more robust file management options. Not only does it assist with removing all associated files when deleting apps, but it also makes sure users are aware of what they’re deleting by providing a detailed list before any files are removed. This prevents accidental deletions and helps ensure users know exactly what they’re getting rid of each time they uninstall an application. These features make Hazel a must-have utility when managing large volumes of data on your Mac.

How to temporarily remove apps

The easiest way to temporarily remove apps from your Mac is to drag them onto another drive such as an external hard drive or SSD. That way, you’ll save both time and effort so that when you need the app again, you won’t have to reinstall it. Plus, since the app can be run off of any connected drive, you can still take advantage of its features while freeing up space on your Mac’s system drive. You should ensure that your most frequently used apps are left on the system drive, however.

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Can I remove system files from my Mac?

When it comes to managing files in Mac, the idea of being able to delete system files can be very attractive. Unfortunately, the reality is that with currently available software, it’s usually not possible to delete specific system files on Mac computers. This is because the critical operating functions of a computer are often linked to these type of files, and deleting them can cause damage or errors in your system.

However, CleanMyMac X does offer the ability for you to reset certain system apps such as Safari by deleting the data that’s associated with them. To do this, simply go into the software’s menu bar located in the upper-left corner and choose “Preferences” then select “Ignore list” and deselect “Ignore system applications.” This will help you manage your Mac and keep your critical data safe while also allowing you some degree of freedom when it comes to managing your system files.

Use the native uninstaller

The native uninstaller is a useful utility that comes with many applications allowing them to clean up after themselves. When an application is displayed as a folder inside the Applications folder, it is likely to have its own distinct uninstaller. Otherwise, the uninstaller will appear as an individual application.

The proper use of the native uninstaller makes removing unneeded or unwanted programs quick and easy. With one click, all associated files and software related to that program are removed without any need to manually delete files or risk leaving any residue. Not only does this prevent data loss, but it also keeps your system running at optimal performance levels by freeing up memory space while eliminating possible malware infections.