Delete Desktop Icons and Shortcuts on Mac OS X Yosemite

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    The first thing we need to do is have some icons on the desktop to delete.
    In this example, there are several icons on the right side of the screen, representing icon shortcuts. We'll delete the one for "QuickTime Player".
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    To do this, move the mouse over the "QuickTime Player" icon.
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    Then click and hold the mouse button, or press and hold on the touchpad, and then drag the icon down toward the bottom of the screen.
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    When the dock appears, drag the icon to the "Trash" can on the far right and let go.
    Now, that icon has been moved to the "Trash".
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    Additionally, we can right-click, which on a Mac is accomplished by holding the Option button and clicking the mouse or by pressing two fingers and holding over the icon we would like to access the right click or option click menu from.
    In this case, we'll use the touchpad, and we'll press and hold two fingers on the "Image Capture" icon.
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    On the menu that opens, we can then move our fingers over until the "Move to Trash" option is highlighted.
    Then remove the fingers and release the click to move that icon to the Trash.
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    We can also take and press down on the desktop and slide over, which will give us a selection window.
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    When we've selected icons, and there may be more than one selected, we can use the same option, the click or two-finger click discussed earlier, or we can press one time to drag the icons down to the "Trash" can on the dock.
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    Now, everything has been moved to the Trash, and we have a clean and pristine desktop.
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    This concludes our tutorial on moving icons shortcuts to the Trash on a Mac running OS X Yosemite.
    If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know in the area below.
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Hey. Trying to delete Kaspersky from MAC Air?

Moved to trash and emptied. Quit, uninstalled everything. Shortcut is still there and can't use new antivirus because it is still there.

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