How to remove all Adobe software from my Mac

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How to remove all Adobe software from my Mac
You can delete Mac applications in a few clicks. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Ridding your Mac of most Adobe software will be a piece of cake. Much easier in fact than performing a similar operation on a PC. If you're uninstalling a previous version of Creative Suite with a view to installing a newer version of the software though, some installation files may be left behind. These can cause problems with future installs of later versions, so you may need to run Adobe's CS Cleaner Tool to make sure you've purged your system of all traces of the company's files.

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  1. 1

    Click on the "Finder" icon on the far left side of your dock. Select "Applications" in the panel on the left of your Finder window and enter "Adobe" in the search box at the top.

  2. 2

    Drag and drop Adobe applications from your Finder window to the Trash can in your Mac's dock. You can drag and drop multiple applications by holding down the "Command" key while highlighting the programs you want to remove.

  3. 3

    Open your Finder menu and select "Secure Empty Trash." You'll be asked if you're sure you want to permanently remove all the items in your Trash folder. Select "Yes" if you want to go ahead.

    CS cleaner tool

  1. 1

    Download and install the CS Cleaner Tool for Mac from Adobe's website. Once it's downloaded, mount the .dmg file as "Adobe CS5 Cleaner Tool," double-click on "Adobe Creative Suite Cleanup" and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation process. Enter your administrator password when prompted and accept the user agreement.

  2. 2

    Select the version of CS you want to remove from the pop-up menu, select "Clean all" and then "Cleanup." All traces of the CS program you previously installed on your Mac will then be removed.

  3. 3

    Click "Quit" at the end of the process and restart your computer.

Tips and warnings

  • Back up any files stored in Adobe product directories that you want to keep before removing your software.

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