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Chapter 4. Programs and Documents > Removing Mac OS X Programs

4.12. Removing Mac OS X Programs

There's no Add/Remove Programs tool on the Macintosh, and there never was one. To uninstall a program, you just drag it (or its folder) to the Trash.

In general, this simple act removes all traces of a program (except perhaps its preference file, which may remain in your Home → Preferences folder). The Macintosh doesn't have a Registry, and most pieces of an application are actually hidden inside its icon (see the box on the facing page). What that means for most people is a lot fewer headaches.

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