How do I move iWork from its default location in Finder and still have it update?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by therealdeal, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. therealdeal macrumors member


    Aug 1, 2010
    Oklahoma, USA
    Hi forum,

    Well, I am OCD a little bit so please bear with me. :)

    My situation is kind of simple and stupid but I'd love for it to be resolved.

    I want to move Pages, Keynote and Numbers form their default location in Finder (/Applications/iWork '09) to /Applications, and still be able to update them. (When you move them, they don't update!) I want my Applications folder stack to look pretty. :D

    Is their a .plist I can edit or something so that Software Update will recognize my iWork install and let me update?

    (I know, I know, I have OCD. I'm a 'desktop perfectionist' :D)


  2. LPZ macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2006
    You could make an alias for each of the iWork apps, and move these alias files into Applications. You could then hide the entire iWork '09 folder so it doesn't display in Applications at all (though it's still there to be updated). To do this,

    1) Open Terminal (in Utilities)

    2) In Terminal type (but don't press return)

    sudo chflags hidden
    3) Drag the iWork folder into the Terminal window and release it. The folder is not actually being moved, but its location in the file system will be appended to the command you typed in 2) above.

    4) Click on the Terminal window to make it active, and press return.

    The iWork folder will still be in its original location, but will not display in Finder.
  3. therealdeal thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 1, 2010
    Oklahoma, USA
    Hi LPZ,

    Thanks! This is exactly what I was looking for. Worked like a charm. My OCD is now happy. :D

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