Remove SwitchResX from Mac Running OS X Yosemite

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Steps

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    The first thing we're going to need to do is to access SwitchResX by opening up our "System Preferences" panel
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    We can open the "System Preferences" panel one of two ways. The first way is to move the cursor to the bottom of the screen, and then click on the "System Preferences" option when our dock opens up.
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    If we do not have "System Preferences" in our dock, then we go to the top left-hand corner of our screen, where there should be a black Apple icon
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    Click that one time.
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    Now, we will be taken to a menu where "System Preferences" is the second option
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    Click on "System Preferences" one time.
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    This will open up the "System Preferences" window
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    "SwitchResX" is in the fifth row, and it's the second option. We're going to double click this to open it.
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    Once it's open, we'll see the "SwitchResX Preferences" pane
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    The first thing we're going to want to do is to go to the menu on the left-hand side of the pane, and click on "Menus".
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    Make sure that under "Menu Extra", the "is active and contains" box is not checked
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    If we have it turned on, there are occasions where a bug will interfere with the monitor icon in the menu bar at the top of the screen
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    This icon is where we can detect or change displays. If the "Menu Extra" is activated, the displays icon will sometimes stay in place, and we will have to reinstall the application to remove it. So make sure to uncheck it.
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    Next, we're going to go back up to the "About SwitchResX" option at the top of the menu on the left-hand side of the pane
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    We're going to go down the the bottom left-hand side and click "Quit Daemon"
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    Once we "Quit Daemon", it's going to close out "Display Sets", "Applications", "Menus" and "Desktop" from the menu on the left-hand side, since the Daemon controls those. Let's click on "Quit Daemon".
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    Now, those options are grayed out, and they are no longer available
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    However, this is not a problem.
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    Let's find the red circle with the black "x" in the top left corner of the "SwitchResX Preferences" pane, and close that
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    Now, we are back on the "SwitchResX" option
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    We can click the "Back" button one time. It is in the top bar, next to the close, minimize and full screen options. Click "Back".
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    Now, we're back in the main "System Preferences" area
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    From here, we'll just right-click the "SwitchResX" icon, and click "Remove 'SwitchResX' Preference Pane".
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    We've now closed the Daemon
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    We have removed the application, and there is nothing else running that will cause SwitchResX to activate. It is now closed, and it has been removed from our system. In order to restore your display back to the way it was before, please view our tutorial on how to restore a display back to the factory default when you've been using SwitchResX. This concludes our tutorial on how to remove SwitchResX from a Mac running OS X Yosemite. If you have additional questions, comments, or need more help, please let us know in the section below.
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