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Installing programs on your computer is usually quite simple. Pop a disc into your drive or download a program from the Internet, follow the prompts and you're up and running with your new program. But what about those programs that are taking up space, maybe they are annoying you with little pop-ups and you don't use the programs. You simply want to remove them from your computer. Well, in this lesson, we are going to use Control panel to uninstall a program. If you have got one ready to uninstall, follow along with me. If you don't, you may want to skip this movie, save it for another time or sit back and watch.
We are going to go to Control panel from the Start button and here in the Programs category you'll see a link to a sub category or a program here, Uninstall a program, right there on the home page, easy access, we'll give it a click and this is the default view that presents itself. Here, we are going to see a list of all of the programs installed on our computer. Some obvious, available through the Start button, others hidden in the background behind the scenes and sometimes those are the ones you want to remove. We can also change the way we view this list.
For example, you will notice that mine is displayed by default in the order that they were installed. So at the very top, I see the most recent installation. I can change that by clicking the header. I can arrange them in alphabetical order or we can change the view altogether, just like in Windows Explorer. We can go to the View button here, for more options, Details is the current view, but if you would rather just see a list, now we can see everything. If we don't need to know the details, we just see a list of programs in alphabetical order.
Now it's just a matter of selecting the one that you want to uninstall. So for me, I have actually got one here that I want to remove. It's called OfficePrinter 2.0. Now this is a program for creating business cards. It's a trial version, I am not going to use it, I don't want to upgrade to the full version. So, I simply want to uninstall it from my computer. Well, how easy is this? With it selected, I see on the toolbar now an Uninstall button. I click the button and a little window pops open showing that the wizard will uninstall this program from my computer.
I need to confirm that I want to do that by clicking the Uninstall button. You can see it didn't take very long. It's completed already. If I want to see details of the uninstall, there are quite a number of files that were removed from my computer including number of Help files, Templates and so on. So I click Finish, I'm back to my list. The program has been removed, I freed up some space on my hard drive and I won't be annoyed by those little reminders from that program. Close up Control panel and we are back to the desktop.
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