Windows

 

  1. Open the Control Panel. You can access the Control Panel from the Start menu. The Start menu can be opened by clicking the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the display, or by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard.
  2. Open Programs and Features. The Control Panel is typically displayed in one of two different ways: either a Category View or an Icon view. Category view will have 8 or 9 icons with a few options under each one, while Icon view will be a large list of icons.
    • In Category view, click the “Uninstall a program” link under the “Programs” category
    • In Icon view, click the “Programs and Features” icon.
  3. Find the program you want to uninstall . When you open Programs and Features, you will see a list of all of your installed programs. You may need to wait a few moments for the list to fully load. Click the program in the list to select it.
    • If the program you want to remove does not appear on the list, check to see if it has its own uninstallation tool. This will be typically located in the Start menu group, which you can get to by clicking Start → All Programs →Program Name or Company.
  4. Click the Uninstall button. This will appear in the top toolbar when a program is selected in the list. You can also right-click on the program to find Uninstallation in the menu that appears. Click it to begin the uninstallation process. You will be asked if you want to continue.
  5. Follow the prompts. Different programs will have different uninstallation programs. You may get asked if you want to keep settings can configuration files. If you plan on reinstalling the program at a later date, leaving these could make getting it set up easier.

 

Mac

  1. Log into your Mac with an administrator account. If you are not logged in with an administrative account, you will be asked to enter a password when you try to delete something.
    • To find out whether your account has admin rights, click on the Apple menu, select System Preferences, and then choose Users & Groups. Check that your account shows in the list as “Admin.”
  2. Open your Applications folder. Browse for the program that you want to uninstall. Some programs are represented by a single icon, such as Firefox, while others are a folder of multiple icons, such as Microsoft Office.
    • Programs can possibly found in other locations, such as the Desktop.
  3. Drag the program or folder of programs that you wish to delete to the Trash. When you release your chosen application over the bin, you will hear a sound effect that sounds like paper being scrunched up.
    • You can quickly move selected programs to the trash by pressing Cmd + Del.
    • The Trash acts as a safety buffer in case you delete anything by mistake. If you open the Trash, you can view its contents and drag items back out if required.
  4. Empty your Trash. Once you are certain that you will never need the program(s) again, you can empty your Trash, which will free up space on your computer. To empty the Trash, right-click on the Trash icon, select “Empty Trash, and then click Empty Trash to confirm.
    • You can quickly empty the trash by pressing Command + Shift + Del. If you don't want to be prompted for a confirmation, press Command + Shift + Option + Delete instead.