Oryna Lienkova
Apple certified support professional
October 6, 2021
12 minutes to read

The MacOS system helps you launch and use your applications using such features as the Mac menu bar, Launchpad, and Mac Dock Bar.

Launchpad is a built-in Mac app launcher.

Mac Dock Bar is a big panel with apps icons that is normally located at the bottom of your Mac screen.

Mac menu bar is a small panel at top of the screen that shows menu commands and apps’ status menus.

These features might not be so convenient if you use too many apps, just because they can become cluttered with unneeded items. The best solution is to learn how to remove unneeded applications correctly.

To help, we have provided step-by-step instructions on how to remove apps from the Mac Menu Bar, Dock, and Launchpad, as well as how to completely uninstall an app from your Mac.


1. How to completely remove apps from a Mac
2. How to remove icons from the Mac menu bar
3. How to remove apps from the Dock on a Mac
4. How to remove apps from the Launchpad on a Mac

How to completely remove apps from a Mac

The simplest way to delete an unneeded Mac app is just to move it to the Trash.
However, this quick fix has a significant drawback- all the application’s service files will be left behind on your Mac. These files will continue to consume storage space while the app was removed.

Should you want to remove an application completely, you need to remove its executable file and all the service files stored in ~/Library and /Library folders.
Unfortunately, digging in those folders looking for an applications’ service files might be really time-consuming.

The fastest way to completely remove applications from a Mac is to use a special app remover tool. We recommend using App Cleaner & Uninstaller, the best app removal tool for Mac that allows you to easily uninstall any apps along with all their service files.

Follow these steps to remove applications from a Mac:

  1. Launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller tool.
  2. Select an application you want to remove.
  3. Review the selected application and its files, then click the Remove button.
  4. Confirm the app’s removal.

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The app removing process will take less than a minute. If you want to find out more ways to uninstall apps from your Mac, including manual uninstallation, read how to uninstall apps from a Mac.

How to remove icons from a Mac menu bar

The Mac menu bar is a panel at the top of the Mac screen that contains status menus and icons of the apps currently running in the background. From time to time, it is helpful to clean up the Mac menu bar from unneeded apps to optimize performance.

Follow these steps to remove icons from the Mac menu bar:

  1. Hold down the Command key.
  2. Click on the icon in the Mac Menu Bar you want to remove.
  3. Drag the icon outside of the mac menu bar.
  4. Release the mouse button when the X turns out.
  5. Done! The Mac menu bar icon is removed.

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Note! This method only removes system icons from the menu bar.

To remove third-party icons, you should click on the icon and find the option Quit [app name]. After you select the “Quit application” option, its icon will disappear from the menu bar and all its windows will be closed as well.

If this did not solve your problem or you did not find the necessary option, you should go to the application’s settings and disable the option “Show in Menu Bar.”

How to remove apps from the Dock on a Mac

The Dock is the bottom panel that displays different applications in order to provide quick access to them. Some icons stay there only while the application is running, but some get stuck in the Dock for a long time. If you’re not using an app and it remains in the Dock, you may want to remove it.

How to remove apps from the Dock:

  1. Quit the app you want to remove.
  2. Drag the icon away from the Dock.
  3. Hold the icon until it becomes transparent.
  4. Release the mouse button when the word Remove appears.

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How to remove apps from the Launchpad on a Mac

Launchpad is an alternate way to start an application on a Mac. It displays all the applications that you have in the Applications folder.

If you remove app from Launchpad, this app will be removed from the Applications folder as well. Please note that all the service files of the deleted app will remain in hidden folders on your Mac.

Read how to uninstall apps correctly.


How to remove an app from the Launchpad on a Mac:

  1. Click on the Launchpad icon to open it.
  2. Press and hold the Option button.
  3. Click on X next to the unneeded app while holding the Option key.
  4. Click on Delete to remove an app from the Launchpad.

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In this way, you can delete applications downloaded from the App Store. Applications that have been downloaded from websites cannot be removed from Launchpad in this way. You can remove them completely with App Cleaner & Uninstaller.


You can remove unneeded applications from the Dock, Launchpad, and Mac Menu Bar to make them more convenient or less complicated. While helpful, this will not remove all files related to the unnecessary app.

Use App Cleaner & Uninstaller, a unique tool that helps you to completely remove any program from your Mac, along with all its service files, in a only a minute.

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