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How do I install the latest Google Earth app on my new Macbook Air?

Asked by gailcalled (54575points) January 30th, 2012

When I did install it yesterday, I discovered that the version was so outdated (2010) that the software had osteoporosis. So, can I trash the icon in my Application folder to uninstall it? And how would I install the most updated version?

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Blackberry's avatar

I’m not sure how to uninstall on a Mac, but I assume there’s a menu with options to uninstall programs. Putting the icon in the trashcan only deletes that shortcut.

To get an updated app, I would visit the website and download it from there.

gailcalled's avatar

@blackberry; Here’s what the Mac “Help Center” says;

Uninstall apps:

To uninstall apps you purchased from the Mac Apple Store, hold down an app’s icon in Launchpad until all the icons begin to wiggle. Click an app’s delete button to uninstall the app.

If an icon does’t have a delete button, that app can’t be uninstalled.

To uninstall other apps, drag the app to the Trash and then choose Finder> Empty Trash.

If you change our mind, before emptying the Trash, select the app in the Trash and then choose File > Put Back

WARNING: When you empty the Trash, the trash is permanently removed from your computer… etc.

akeil's avatar

You can delete the “Google” file in your Applications folder. Just drag that file into the trash and delete it. That will not harm your computer, and you can always download a new Google Earth application from Google. There will be some preference files left over, but you don’t need to worry about them.

The Help Center advice only applies to programs you have installed from the app store, which is likely to be very few.

gailcalled's avatar

@Check out the advice from the help center (above) that I emboldened. That seems to agree with you.

I have no apps from app store, at the moment, if you don’t count the Lion 10.7.2.

Blackberry's avatar

@gailcalled Ah, I see. That’s pretty easy.

gailcalled's avatar

It’s always easy once it’s explained clearly. So much of this kind of help is obfuscated or in a vocabulary that only a Klingon could understand.

auhsojsa's avatar

Uninstall is easy. You go to the app and drag it to the trash can.
And then if you really want to be ace about it. This Link Explains Showing Package Contents

gailcalled's avatar

@auhsojsa: Thanks, I think. What if I simply want to be deuce or trey?

auhsojsa's avatar

@gailcalled I’m just answering the op, you can maintain mono.

gailcalled's avatar

@auhsojsa: The original OP would also be me, still way below ace status. I will, however, read the info at the site later on when i can concentrate.

We seem to be entering more and more murky waters.

What does “to maintain mono” mean?

On second thought, forget I asked.

auhsojsa's avatar

@gailcalled Just one step back from deuce :P

Buttonstc's avatar

Have you called the toll free Apple help line?

Since you recently purchased this Macbook, you’re entitled to free phone support for at least a year (possibly longer).

Those guys are usually terrific although you may have to get bumped up to a product specialist.

They don’t outsource their support centers so you will not have the problem many PC users do of trying to communicate with someone who barely understands English.

Give the phone support a try.

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