TheMacintoshLady writes: > if it's an app you want to remove, that's a mystery as there are thousands of unknown files in them thar hills. Huh? I must admit, I've never read that about apps in OS X (unless I'm mis-reading what you wrote). For 99% of anything I install, the delete procedure is simply: 1) Drag app folder to trash. 2) Empty trash. Nearly every OS X application keeps all its files in a nice, neat tidy "bundle", making it very easy to do just such things. If you're really worried about drive space, you can (just as you did in OS 9), go rooting about in the System Folder(s) for various bits. But even this is easy in OS X, as everything installed by a well-behaved application will exist within your user's Library folder. Some may use Application Support, others may create their own folder there, and most will use the Preferences sub-directory. Go to the Library folder, hit command-F, and search for the app name to find the bits if you really need to kill them. Personally, I just leave them alone as they don't take much drive space, and can't do any harm by sitting there without the host application. The exception to the above, of course, are applications that install things that modify your system, such as tablet drivers, mouse drivers, etc. Most of these come with a nicely written uninstaller, though, making removal even easier. Do you have an example of an application that installs thousands of files in numerous places other than what I've just described? I must admit, I don't think I've run across one in my time with OS X. -rob.