2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 16, 2010 11:12 AM by Glynn
rachelkjf05 Level 1 Level 1
Hi, I am a new apple macbook user(former PC user) and I am still getting use to my computer. I was wondering is there a control panel? How do I remove programs? I downloaded something on my computer and its useless so i want to completely delete it off my hardware so its not taking up space. how do I do that? not sure if i will be able to find my way back to this discussion section so if you have an answer feel free to email me kalebsmama09 (at) aol (dot) com Thank You!!!

apple macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • laundry bleach Level 5 Level 5
    Hi rachelkjf05 and welcome to Apple Discussions!

    The Mac operating system does have a control panel. Look in the Apple menu (upper left corner of the screen) and select *System Preferences*. Most general system configuration is done here.

    To remove and application, most of the time you just drag that application from its current location to the trash. Some residual preference files will remain but they are nothing to worry about. Some applications come with their own uninstall programs, and these should be used where possible.

    You should probably not put your email address on a public discussion board such as this one. Spammers harvest them and you will then receive a large number of emails about enlargements of various body parts and other unpleasant offerings. I have asked a forum moderator to edit yours out. Normally when you create a thread such as this, you will be emailed any replies, including a link back to the original, so it should not be hard to find your way back.

    Best of luck.
  • Glynn Level 4 Level 4
    Hello and welcome, how did you install the program? Was it an installer package or did you drag it to Applications? Most installers have an Uninstall option or the web site tell you how to do it. If it was a simple drag and drop, open your Applications folder and drag the app to the trash. There might be a small doc left in your preferences folder (Real Small not much to worry about) but there is a free app called AppTrap you can download that will ask you if you want those items moved to trash too.

    The "Control Panel" on your Mac is called "System Preferences"


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