How To Remove Adobe Illustrator Completely

Adobe Illustrator is an exceptional resource for graphic designers. In certain circumstances, it may become necessary to uninstall the program from your computer. The following guide outlines the steps for completely removing Adobe Illustrator from your system.

Uninstalling from Windows

To uninstall Adobe Illustrator from a Windows computer, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Windows key or click on the start button and type ‘Control Panel’ in the search field.
  2. Click on the ‘Control Panel’ application to open it.
  3. In the Control Panel window, click on ‘Programs and Features’.
  4. Find Adobe Illustrator from the list of installed programs and click on it.
  5. Click on the ‘Uninstall’ button above the list of programs.
  6. Follow the prompts to complete the uninstallation process.

Uninstalling from macOS

For macOS users, follow these steps to completely remove Adobe Illustrator:

  1. Open the ‘Finder’ and go to the ‘Applications’ folder.
  2. Find Adobe Illustrator, right-click on it and select ‘Move to Trash’.
  3. To permanently delete the application, right-click on the Trash icon and select ‘Empty Trash’.

Removing residual files

Just uninstalling the software might not remove all the residual files. To fully remove all traces of Adobe Illustrator, you need to delete some more files.

On Windows

You need to delete the Adobe Illustrator folders from the Program Files, AppData, and ProgramData folders. Here are the typical locations of these folders:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\
C:\Users\[Your User Name]\AppData\Local\Adobe\

On macOS

On macOS, the residual files are usually located in the following folders:

~/Library/Preferences/Adobe Illustrator
~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator 

Remember to replace [Your User Name] with your actual Windows username.

Remember, removing system files comes with a risk. Always double-check before deleting any files to avoid issues.


That’s it. Following these steps should completely remove Adobe Illustrator from your computer. If you face any issues during the uninstallation process, don’t hesitate to seek professional help.