How to Remove Apps From Mac Desktop

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Do you have a cluttered desktop on your Mac? Too many app icons can make it difficult to find what you’re looking for and can slow down your computer.

Fortunately, removing apps from your Mac desktop is a simple process. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to declutter your desktop by removing unwanted apps.

Step 1: Identify the Apps You Want to Remove

Before we begin, take a moment to review the apps on your desktop and decide which ones you want to remove. Make sure you don’t accidentally delete any important apps or files.

Step 2: Close the Apps

In order to remove an app from your Mac desktop, ensure that it is not currently running. Close any open applications by clicking on the red close button in the top left corner of each window or using the keyboard shortcut Command + Q.

Step 3: Locate the App in Finder

To remove an app from your Mac desktop, you’ll need to navigate to the Applications folder in Finder. Click on the Finder icon in your dock (it looks like a blue and white smiley face) or use the Command + Space shortcut and type “Finder” into Spotlight search.

Note: The Applications folder contains all installed applications on your Mac.

Option 1: Using Finder Sidebar

In Finder, look for the sidebar located on the left side of the window. Scroll down until you see “Applications” listed under “Favorites.” Click on “Applications” to open it.

Option 2: Using Go Menu

If you don’t see “Applications” in the sidebar, click on “Go” in the menu bar at the top of your screen. From the dropdown menu, select “Applications” to open the Applications folder.

Step 4: Drag and Drop the App to Trash

Once you’ve opened the Applications folder, locate the app you want to remove from your Mac desktop. Click and hold on the app icon, then drag it to the Trash icon in your dock. Alternatively, you can right-click on the app icon and select “Move to Trash” from the dropdown menu.

Note: Moving an app to Trash does not permanently delete it. You can still recover it from Trash if needed.

Step 5: Empty Trash

In order to completely remove the app from your Mac, you need to empty the Trash. Right-click on the Trash icon in your dock and select “Empty Trash” from the dropdown menu. Confirm when prompted.

Note: Once you empty the Trash, any apps or files inside it will be permanently deleted and cannot be recovered.


Congratulations! You have successfully removed apps from your Mac desktop.

Decluttering your desktop not only improves organization but also helps optimize your computer’s performance. Remember to double-check before removing any apps or files to avoid deleting anything important.

Summary of Steps:

  • Identify apps you want to remove
  • Close all running applications
  • Navigate to Applications folder in Finder
  • Drag and drop app into Trash or use right-click menu
  • Empty Trash to completely remove app

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through removing apps from your Mac desktop. Enjoy your decluttered workspace!

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