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Is there a general catch all when it comes to uninstalling applications in OS X? Windows has its add/remove programs feature, but is there a Mac uquivilent. I don't think simply moving the app from the app folder to the trashcan is the same as uninstalling.

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Well, dragging it from the trash is effectively the same as uninstalling in windows. and that's because in windows, it leaves behind bits and pieces of the application,but just a whole lot more than OS X leaves behind.

To do A REAL complete "Get RID OF" -
Before you have trashed the app - do a search for the app name, delete any corresponding folders, files, (such as preference files) and the application itself

If you have already trashed the app - the same search, only the application will not turn up in the search.

Honestly, just dragging the app to the trash is what i do because, these files are SO SMALL! Just leave em' there incase you need the app again, all you settings are still there.!
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Well, dragging it from the trash is effectively the same as uninstalling in windows. and that's because in windows, it leaves behind bits and pieces of the application,but just a whole lot more than OS X leaves behind.

To do A REAL complete "Get RID OF" -
Before you have trashed the app - do a search for the app name, delete any corresponding folders, files, (such as preference files) and the application itself

If you have already trashed the app - the same search, only the application will not turn up in the search.

Honestly, just dragging the app to the trash is what i do because, these files are SO SMALL! Just leave em' there incase you need the app again, all you settings are still there.!
I didn't figure it could be just that simple. It must be just leftover pessimism from my Windoze days (six months ago). Thanks.
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