How to Fully Uninstall Microsoft Excel 2016 from Mac

  • Bernice Curry
  • 17-03-06 10:10
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Microsoft Excel 2016 is the spreadsheet app bundled in Microsoft Office 2016 (Preview). It brings many welcome improvements such as OneDrive and keyboard shortcut support. However, the lastest Mac Office suite still receives many bad user reviews, and Excel 2016 for Mac is no exception. Mac users experience many problems when they are using this app to deal with daily work. Excel 2016 for Mac also lacks some features (like PowerPivot and macros which are only supported for Windows). Meanwhile, the Excel app is reported to regularly crash or stop responding for unknown reason.

Since you come to this page, you must have tried to uninstall Microsoft Excel 2016 but encountered troubles. How can you properly uninstall Microsoft Excel 2016 from your Mac? Read through this post to learn how to totally get rid of Excel on macOS.

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Prior to the uninstall, you need to stop the target app if it is running. To do so, just right click on the app icon on the Dock, and choose Quit option.

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If this app is frozen or fails to quit, launch Activity Monitor to perform a force quite.

  • Open up Activity Monitor from the Dock, Launchpad, or Spotlight.
  • Locate Microsoft Excel 2016, and click “Quit Process” button in the left corner.
  • Click on Quit in pop-up dialog, and if it doesn’t work, click Forece Quit instead.

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After that, follow the manual steps below to uninstall Microsoft Excel 2016 for Mac.

Regular Ways to Uninstall Microsoft Excel 2016 on Mac

Here are the standard steps to uninstall an properly-installed app from macOS.

Option 1: move Microsoft Excel to the Trash

  • Open the Finder, and click on Applications in the sidebar.
  • Scroll through to locate Microsoft Excel, and drag its icon to the Trash.
  • Right click the Trash icon and choose Empty Trash to perform the uninstall.

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This drag-to-delete method works in all versions of Mac OS X. Most apps can be smoothly uninstalled in that way, but it is not applicable to built-in Mac apps.

Additionally, you can take the following ways to delete this app:

1) Right click on Microsoft Excel and click Move to Trash.

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2) Select Microsoft Excel, and choose File menu > Move to Trash.

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If you cannot move an app to the Trash (or empty the Trash), reboot your Mac to try again (or hold the Option key as you choose Empty Trash from the Finder menu).

Caution: Emptying the Trash will instantly remove Microsoft Excel 2016 alone with other files you’ve thrown into the Trash, and this act is irrevocable. So make sure you haven’t mistakenly delete anything before performing this act. Any time you change your mind before emptying the Trash, you can restore the deleted files or apps by right-clicking on the item in the Trash and choosing the Put Back option.

Option 2: delete Microsoft Excel in Launchpad

  • Open Launchpad, and input Microsoft Excel 2016 in the search box on the top.
  • Click and hold Microsoft Excel 2016 icon with your mouse until it starts to wiggle.
  • Click the “X” icon that appears on the left upper corner of Microsoft Excel 2016.


If you install Microsoft Excel 2016 through the App Store, and your system is OS X lion or later, you can take this approach to uninstall it. Once you click the X icon, the uninstall will be handled instantly, and there is no need to empty the Trash afterwards.

Manually Remove Microsoft Excel Components from macOS

Typically, Microsoft Excel 2016 creates many files (preference settings, caches, plugins, etc) around your system during the first setup, and those components may stay in system directory after you perform a standard uninstall.

To free up the space occupied by app remnants, it is necessary to conduct a thorough removal. Manually clearing out app leftovers requires certain skill and knowledge, and it might be risk-taking too (mistakenly deleting other app files may cause those apps stop working properly). So, follow the instructions with certain caution.

  • Open the Finder, click Go in the Menu bar, and select the option Go to Folder…


  • Type the path of the current user’s Library Folder: /Library, and then hit Enter key.

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  • Search for the associated items in the following locations: /Library, /Library/Caches, /Library/Preferences, /Library/Application Support, /Library/LaunchAgents, /Library/LaunchDaemons, /Library/PreferencePanes, /Library/StartupItems
  • Right click the matched files or folders, and select Move to Trash option.

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  • Type the path of User Library inside Home Folder: ~/Library and then hit Enter key.


  • Type Microsoft Excel in the search bar, select Library, and delete matched items.
  • Empty the Trash to delete Microsoft Excel 2016 leftovers permanently.

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Unable to locate all Microsoft Excel 2016 components through system? It is not an easy-to-complet task even for experineced users. If you have difficulty in completely deleting Microsoft Excel 2016 , consider adopting the all-in-one solution listed below.

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How to Uninstall Microsoft Excel 2016 without Hassle

Wonder how can you uninstall Microsoft Excel 2016 without so many complex steps? Equipped with powerful engine and intuitive interface, Osx Uninstaller is capable to assist all-level users in removing unwanted, problematic, stubborn and even malicious apps on Mac. Now watch the video clip to have a direct experience.

Here are the simple steps to uninstall Microsoft Excel 2016 using Osx Uninstaller.

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  1. Quite Microsoft Excel 2016 as said before, and then launch Osx Uninstaller.
  2. Select Microsoft Excel 2016 icon and click on Run Analysis button.
  3. Review related files and folders, click on Complete Uninstall button, and click Yes in the pop-up dialog box to fully remove all components of Microsoft Excel 2016.

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After that, click on Back to Interface and then Refresh button to re-scan the installed apps on your Mac. Microsoft Excel 2016 should have disappeared from the interface.

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To uninstall built-in apps (e.g. Xcode) on your Mac, just check the box that says Display system built-in Mac apps to show the app, and perform the uninstall as usual.

Why is it better to uninstall Microsoft Excel 2016 with Osx Uninstaller? In one word, Osx Uninstaller makes uninstalling apps easier, faster, safer, and more thoroughly.

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Have you successfully uninstalled Microsoft Excel 2016 from your Mac now? Which approach would you prefer to take in app removal task? Hope the tutorial could help you solve the problem. Any suggestion or comment on this article is welcomed.



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