If you’ve ever come across a great deal on Macintosh software on the Web, you might feel frustrated once you have it—how do you install it? But, one of the best things about using a Mac is how easy it is to install software. And removing most software packages is just as easy.
Macintosh computers use a disk image or .dmg files for installing software. Sometimes you will come across a package or .pkg file, and sometimes these files are compressed into a Zip file (.zip). And all applications are stored in the Applications folder.
1. Download an application from the Internet. Mac installation files are named .dmg, .pkg, or .zip.
2. Double click on the file to open it. If it’s a zip file, this will unpack the zip automatically into its own folder. If it’s not a zip file, skip to the next step. Once the zip file has been unpacked, navigate to that folder, where you will find a .dmg or .pkg file.
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3. Double click on the .dmg or .pkg file to start the installation.
4. Follow the instructions on the screen to install the software. Most .pkg files will do all the work for you, but sometimes with .dmg files, you will need to drag the app to the applications folder. Your application is now installed.
5. Delete the downloaded file once you’re done.
Uninstalling an application from your Mac is even easier. Drag the application from your Applications folder to the trash. If you want you can empty the trash to clear the deleted application from your hard drive completely.