Before the introduction of Windows 8 and 10, there was only one place to remove installed programs by going through the control panel. There is now another place (Windows 8, 10) where apps are installed. They are easy to find and if you need to remove one or more, that’s easy, too.
If you are uninstalling a program from your computer, you should also check to see if there is an accompanying app. If so, you will want to remove it, too. I have noticed that in the last six months, Windows 10 has become better at removing both the program and app at the same time, but you should check just to be sure.
Let me review how to remove programs. First, you need to find your control panel to open it. Click the Start button and in the list, scroll down to the bottom and click the “Windows System” folder and then right-click “Control Panel” and select “Pin to Start.” This makes it a lot easier to find each time.
Open the control panel and at the top-right, click “View by:” and then click “Large icons.” Now, you can click “Programs and Features” to uninstall your programs.
To remove apps, click the “Start” button and then click the “Settings” icon. It looks like a sprocket located just above the power icon. Once Settings opens, click “Apps.” In the center under “Apps & features” you’ll see the list of apps that are installed on your computer.
To remove an app, click it once and then click “Uninstall.” It will be uninstalled within a moment or two. Once you have removed the apps you no longer want, you can just close the Settings window.
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