Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
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Today, most users have transitioned to the online version of Excel – Google Sheets. If you also no longer need the Excel app on your Mac, then learn how to uninstall it correctly. We previously explained how to uninstall the set of MS Office apps on a Mac. Today, we will share two ways to uninstall Excel on a Mac.


  1. How to uninstall Excel manually.
  2. How to remove Excel using App Cleaner & Uninstaller.

Method 1
Uninstall Excel on a Mac manually

  1. First, close the Excel app and make sure that there are no processes related to Excel running in the background. For this, open the default Apple app Activity Monitor and close the processes related to Excel.
  2. Activity Monitor window showing how to quit Excel on Mac

  3. Then go to the Applications folder and remove Excel from there.
  4. removing Excel from Applications folder

  5. The third step is to find and remove all the leftovers of Excel on your hard drive. You should know that each app creates service files when you use it and stores them on your hard drive. So, if you wish to keep your disk clean from unneeded files, you should uninstall apps along with their service files. The service files are usually stored in the Library folder. So go to the Library and find the Excel support files. You should check the following subfolders for them:
    • ~Library/Preferences
    • ~Library/LaunchDaemons
    • ~Library/PrivilegedHelperTools
    • ~Library/Preferences
    • ~Library/Application Support
    • ~Library/Receipts
    • ~Library/Automator

    Excel support files in Librray folder
    Please note, some files may be scattered on your disk. In order to keep from searching for hidden service files, we recommend using a free application, Funter, which is designed to show and find hidden files on a Mac.
    Funter app showing Excel hidden files

  6. And finally, the last step is to not forget to Empty the Trash. Now you can almost be sure that you uninstalled Excel completely.

If you want to be 100% sure that there are no leftovers from Excel on your disk, then use Office removal tool – App Cleaner & Uninstaller.

Method 2
Remove Excel using App Cleaner & Uninstaller

App Cleaner & Uninstaller is a software tool from Nektony that is designed to uninstall apps on Mac completely, manage extensions, and remove apps’ leftovers.

  1. Run App Cleaner & Uninstaller. It will scan your Home folder and display all the apps installed on your Mac.
  2. From the list of apps, select Excel and click the Remove button.
  3. Excel support files in Librray folder

  4. Then confirm the removal of Excel.
  5. Confirmation window to uninstall Excel on Mac

That’s all! As you can see, there are just a few clicks to uninstall any app using App Cleaner & Uninstaller.

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App Cleaner & Uninstaller

Uninstall any Mac application in 2 minutes.

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M1, macOS 10.10 +
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v. 7.4.1 June 2021

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