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How to remove (uninstall) a screensaver

The Apple Mac OS X operating system allows for the easy removal of individual screensavers. Conveniently, screensavers can be uninstalled from the same panel where they can be activated: the "Screen Savers" panel within "System Preferences".

  1. To access the Screen Savers panel, click on the Apple icon at the top left of your screen, select "System Preferences", then click on "Desktop & Screen Saver" and finally click on the "Screen Saver" tab.
  2. Locate the name of the screensaver you wish to delete, then right-click on it and select "Move to trash".
  3. Confirm that you want to delete the screensaver to finalize its removal from the Screen Savers panel.

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Can't delete a screensaver?

Not all screensavers can be removed this way, like those that come with a Mac by default. Refer to the below instructions for an alternative method to delete such screensavers.

  1. Open the Finder and press Command+Shift+G on your keyboard to bring up the "Go to folder" panel.
  2. Enter "~/Library" (without quotation marks) and click "Go".
  3. Locate the "Screen Savers" folder and double-click it.
  4. If the screensaver you wish to delete is listed here, click and drag it to the Trash icon on your Dock to remove it.
    • If the screensaver is not listed, or you wish to delete any of the default screensavers, press Command+Shift+G again, enter "/System/Library" and double-click the "Screen Savers" folder. All screensavers that were installed for all users are listed here, and can be removed by dragging them to the Trash icon or by right-clicking on them and selecting "Move to trash".

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