Mac OS FAQ

Installing Programs

1. How do I install Programs?

To install programs or software, you need to have administrator rights in most cases.The Mac will prompt you for administrator credentials when you try to install a program.
You can install programs by either:

a) A DMG (disk image) file. Open the image to find the application or an installer.
b) Drag and Drop the application to the Applications folder.
c) A PKG (package) file, which needs to be run to install the application and other files to the system.
d) Run a setup or installer program which needs to be run to extract and install the application.
e) A ZIP or SIT (Stuffit) archive which contains the Application, package or installer files.
f) A CD, DVD which contains the application installation files.

Note, they if you don;t have Administrator rights, can can place your program in the Applications folder in your profile: \Users\username\Applications.

2. How do I uninstall programs?

To remove a program from your hard disk, you can do one of two ways:

a) Drag and Drop the application program from Applications folder to the Trash.
b) Run an uninstaller program to remove the Application and support files.
c) You can tidy up applications using the Manage Storage facility. Open About my Mac from the Apple menu, select Storage tab and then the Manage button to review where your storage is used.
Click on Applications on the left and here you can Remove applications and related files using this tool.

3. I cannot install or run some software, how do I check if its compatible?

Check the application's web site or the App Store for Hardware and software compatibility.

4. How do I check for updates for my programs?

Programs installed from the App Store, can also be updated via the App Store automatically. Open the App Store icon in the Dock and click on the Updates tab to check for new update.s

Many programs use different ways to check for updates:
* An option with in the program itself can be selected to check for any updates. For example,

* An Email notification may be sent by the company or author of the program E.g. Piriform CCleaner.

* Visiting the home page of the software in question and check the Support or Download pages for any new versions of the software.

5. How do I turn off app or program notifications, update reminders etc?

You can control notifications for programs via the System Preferences, Notifications settings and turn off any notifications for specific programs.
Some applicatios have built-in update checks and these can also be turn off, within the program.