One of the benefits of using OS X or macOS is the sheer simplicity of common tasks. One common task that you are sure to run in to at some point, is deleting apps. If you ever find yourself needing to removed an application from your Mac, it’s quite simple. Here’s how to delete apps on Mac.

Option 1: Deleting from Launchpad.

Deleting apps using macOS’ Launchpad may just be the easiest route. Start by opening Launchpad with the touchpad gesture (five-finger pinch,) by using F4 on your keyboard or the icon in the Dock. Once Launchpad is open, click and hold an application’s icon until they all begin to shake and an ‘x’ appears at the top right corner, just like what you would see on iOS. Once you click the ‘x’ and confirm your selection, the application will be permanently removed.

Option 2: Deleting from Finder.

In option 1, there’s no going back after you delete an app. Option 2 is a bit more forgiving. Instead of opening Launchpad, open a new finder window. You can do this by clicking the icon in the dock, or by using the keyboard shortcut ⌘+N. In the favorites menu on the left-hand side of the window, you should see ‘Applications’. If not, you can find it by using Spotlight (⌘+Spacebar) and searching ‘Applications’.

Once you’re in the Applications folder, you can simply drag and drop an application to the trash can icon in the Dock. If you change your mind, or deleted the wrong one by accident, you can drag the application from the trash can back to the Applications folder. Or use ⌘+Z to quickly undo. To permanently get rid of the application, and free up disk space using this option, make sure you right-click the trash can icon and select “Empty Trash.”

Do you have any other tips for how to delete apps on Mac? If so, let us know in the comments below!

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