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Mac OS X Tutorial: Remove Unwanted Third-Party Preferences

We all install apps to help us get along, but there will always come a time when we outgrow them. When this happens, deleting them can free up space for the next, more useful preference pane

Not all apps run directly out of the Applications folder. Some of the more useful, system-related apps actually get their own preference space inside your Mac’s System Preferences. Once there, they look very official, and one could be forgiven for thinking that they should stay there forever. That’s not the case at all, and they can be removed very easily without any worries at all. In fact, it is probably simpler to remove them than it was to install them. The trouble is that, like all apps, there is no official application deletion process, so if there is an application file inside your Applications folder, you will need to delete that too. We recommend using a third- party tool such as AppZapper that will also scoop up any preference files, as well as making sure that they aren’t left lurking on your system, taking up valuable disk space.

1: Apple System Preferences
Open up your System Preferences application. You can do this using the Apple menu, from your Applications folder, or from the dock if the icon is already there.

2: Right-click and remove
Once your preferences are open, you will see the third-party preference panes at the bottom of the interface. Right-click or control-click on the one you wish to remove and then click on the removal option.