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I am trying to remove several applications I don't use that came preinstalled on my MacBook. I have tried the simple uninstall method of drag & drop to the Trash without success. Any suggestions? I'm a PC who just got his first Mac, but this looks like it could be a permissions issue.

Programs I am trying to remove: GarageBand, Chess, iWeb.
OS X Version 10.6.5

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Hi and welcome to M-F huntermaclean . . . .

Hmm interesting as i just trashed everything you just tried to.... Mind you they asked for my Admin password to do so.
First i would suggest Repairing Permissions via disk utility and then log out then back in and give it another go...
Just making sure as well that the account your trying to trash them from is a Admin account with all privileges ??
Give it a go and post back if it doesnt work and we will try come up with another solution for you

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Alright, this is silly, but it is coming from a brand new Mac user. What happened was, I was trying to drag the apps from the dark/transparent screen that opens from the Dock, into the Trash. Once I opened the Apps folder in Finder, I was able to drag and drop anything to the Trash after confirming with my password. Silly me! (unless I should be able to delete using the method before?)

Thanks for the prompt reply, I'm sure I will be back.

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No, the other way won't work. Nor can you do it from the Sidebar if the app's icon is there. You have to go to the real application in the Applications Folder, assuming that's where it is.
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As toMAcsh advises, you need to go into the Applications folder found under 'Go' in the Menu Bar, double click to open and uninstall there./ If an application has an uninstaller use that, if not download AppTrap which will remove all files. It is freeware:-

http://onnati.net/apptrap/


The Dock only contains aliases and you cannot remove an application, merely this alias goes up in a puff of smoke when dragged out of the Dock.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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