Grammarly Desktop Can’t Be Moved to Trash – Here’s Why

Have you ever tried to delete an app on your computer, only to get a message saying it can’t be moved to the trash because it’s open? Frustrating, right? Well, if you’re dealing with the Grammarly desktop app on your Mac and you’re getting that message, don’t worry. It’s an easy fix. You just need to make sure the app is completely closed before you try to delete it. Let’s walk through the steps to get it done.

Step by Step Tutorial: Deleting Grammarly Desktop

Before we dive into the steps, it’s important to know that deleting an app on a Mac often requires the app to be fully closed. If the app is running in the background or has any associated processes active, your Mac won’t allow you to delete it. Follow these steps to ensure you can successfully move Grammarly Desktop to the trash.

Step 1: Quit Grammarly Desktop

Quit the Grammarly Desktop app if it’s open.

If you see the Grammarly icon in your menu bar at the top of your screen, click on it and then select ‘Quit Grammarly’. If it’s not there, you might need to force quit the app. To do this, press ‘Command + Option + Esc’, select Grammarly Desktop from the list, and click ‘Force Quit’.

Step 2: Check for Background Processes

Ensure that there are no Grammarly processes running in the background.

Sometimes, apps can still run processes in the background even after you’ve quit them. To check, open ‘Activity Monitor’ from your Applications folder or by using Spotlight search. Type ‘Grammarly’ in the search bar, and if any processes appear, select them and click the ‘X’ button to quit them.

Step 3: Move Grammarly Desktop to Trash

Drag the Grammarly Desktop app to the trash.

Once you’ve confirmed that there are no active Grammarly processes, you can drag the Grammarly Desktop app from your Applications folder to the trash. Alternatively, you can right-click (or control-click) on the app and select ‘Move to Trash’.

Step 4: Empty the Trash

Empty your trash to fully delete Grammarly Desktop from your Mac.

After moving the app to the trash, you’ll need to empty the trash to complete the deletion. Right-click on the trash can icon in your dock and select ‘Empty Trash’. Confirm the action, and Grammarly Desktop will be permanently deleted from your Mac.

After completing these steps, Grammarly Desktop will be successfully deleted from your Mac. This will free up space and ensure that the app isn’t running any unwanted processes in the background.

Tips for Deleting Grammarly Desktop

  • If you’re having trouble quitting Grammarly Desktop, try restarting your Mac and then following the steps again.
  • Make sure to save any work you have open in other apps before force quitting Grammarly Desktop to avoid losing data.
  • If you’re still seeing error messages after following these steps, check to see if there are any updates available for your Mac’s operating system that could resolve the issue.
  • Consider using an app cleaner tool that can help remove all associated files with an app, ensuring a complete uninstall.
  • Remember that deleting an app like Grammarly Desktop will remove it entirely from your computer, so make sure you won’t need it again before you delete it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I can’t find Grammarly in the Activity Monitor?

If you can’t find Grammarly in the Activity Monitor, it’s likely that the app is not running any background processes. Proceed to move the app to the trash.

Can I reinstall Grammarly Desktop after deleting it?

Yes, you can always reinstall Grammarly Desktop by downloading it again from the Grammarly website if you decide you need it in the future.

Will deleting Grammarly Desktop delete my Grammarly account?

No, deleting the app from your Mac will not delete your Grammarly account. You can still access your account on other devices or through the Grammarly web app.

What should I do if my Mac says the file can’t be deleted because it’s in use?

If your Mac says the file can’t be deleted because it’s in use, restart your computer and try the steps again. This can often resolve the issue.

Is it safe to use an app cleaner tool to delete Grammarly Desktop?

Using a reputable app cleaner tool can be safe and effective for deleting apps like Grammarly Desktop and their associated files. Just make sure you download the cleaner tool from a trustworthy source.


  1. Quit Grammarly Desktop.
  2. Check for background processes.
  3. Move Grammarly Desktop to trash.
  4. Empty the trash.


Well, there you have it! Deleting Grammarly Desktop from your Mac should now be as easy as pie. Remember, the key is to ensure that the app is not running in any way, shape, or form before you attempt to send it packing to the trash. If you follow the steps outlined above, you’ll be able to get rid of any unwanted apps, not just Grammarly Desktop, without any hassle. If you find yourself struggling, don’t hesitate to refer back to the tips or reach out to Mac support for a little extra help.

And hey, if you realize you’ve made a mistake and need Grammarly back in your life, no worries. You can always reinstall it. Technology is all about trial and error, and sometimes we don’t know what we’ve got till it’s gone. So, go ahead, clean up your Mac, and enjoy the extra space and efficiency. Happy computing!