You would expect my Mac to be loaded with applications of all kinds, right? After all, I’ve been doing app reviews for many years. And, yes, my Mac has a few hundred apps all the time, and a dozen new apps at any one time.
All those apps can clutter up a Mac rather quickly. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t give Mac users an easy way to delete apps and all their corresponding support files. You can’t just drag and drop an unwanted app into the Trash and expect all the app’s support files to go with it.
For that, you need an app that deletes apps. What I use is the most advanced and accurate Mac app deletion application. It’s called CleanApp. It’s more complicated to set up and use than most removal apps, it’s expensive, but it’s more thorough.
In between free and expensive is AppDelete which deletes apps and most supporting files, but also deletes Dashboard Widgets, Preference Panes, Plugins, and even Screensavers.
It can’t be much easier to use. Drag and app onto AppDelete and it begins to look for associated support files including preference files.
Once AppDelete finds all the files it thinks are associated with the app you want to delete, it displays a list of the files in a pop up window.
Simply click on each file you want to delete, then select Delete and all the files are moved to the Trash. Fortunately, there’s also an Undo command which puts files back where they belong.
For additional safety, you can also archive all the files selected by clicking the Archive button.
AppDelete is not expensive, but there’s also AppDelete Lite which is less expensive but missing the ability to delete password-protected files.