How do I stop update notifications for a specific Apple Store product?

machenryr

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Here's a random question. Apple Store. It should be super dum-dum simple. I downloaded a product I had previously owned. Microsoft Office. I think after Mojave it became a subscription and I had to upgrade. I decided Pages was fine for me. After 7,1 and Catalina I saw it in the store and I could just open it. BUT NO. I still had to purchase a subscription. I decided not to, but I had already downloaded but not installed it. How do I get rid of this thing and future download notifications? I think OneDrive is part of MS? Anyway I keep getting Apple Store Update notifications. Make it STOP!!!

Sorry for the super dumb question.
 

machenryr

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You must still have the app somewhere on your system. Delete it.
If you want to keep an older version without getting nagged, open its bundle and delete the _MasReceipt older in Contents.
Thanks.
 

bogdanw

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Been a while since I've used Office on a Mac, but seem to recall there was also a separate updater application/program (/Applications/Microsoft Updater or some such name) pre-365.

But if "purchased" via App Store, you can hide the program to stop App Store from giving notifications. App Store, lower-left, click your Apple ID, scroll through the list to find Office. Hover the cursor over the program, you will see a circle with three dots: click that, then "Hide Purchase". That will stop any update notifications.
 
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Ritsuka

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Don't delete the _CodeSignature or another folder. Catalina will periodically check the app signature, and if you modify anything it won't run anymore.
 

bogdanw

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Don't delete the _CodeSignature or another folder. Catalina will periodically check the app signature, and if you modify anything it won't run anymore.
Actually, you can delete some contents of an application and Catalina doesn't mind. Here is my script to remove appex files from applications. https://github.com/b0gdanw/AppleScripts/blob/master/appexRemover.scpt
I use it to remove the appex extensions from Downie, IINA and Folx GO+ (from App Store) on Catalina 10.15.3 (19D76).
 

mj_

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I downloaded a product I had previously owned. Microsoft Office. I think after Mojave it became a subscription and I had to upgrade.
What you have owned was a perpetual license of Microsoft Office without the right to upgrade.
What Microsoft is selling in the Apple Store is an Office 365 subscriptions.
Two completely different things. It has nothing to do with Mojave whatsoever.

If you want to keep using your previously purchased perpetual Microsoft Office license you may do so any time, but you may need to download the installer from the Microsoft website.
 

machenryr

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What you have owned was a perpetual license of Microsoft Office without the right to upgrade.
What Microsoft is selling in the Apple Store is an Office 365 subscriptions.
Two completely different things. It has nothing to do with Mojave whatsoever.

If you want to keep using your previously purchased perpetual Microsoft Office license you may do so any time, but you may need to download the installer from the Microsoft website.
If I understand - I have the perpetuate license on other computers and older OSes. But I've never installed that on this MP or OS. I suppose that doesn't matter since Apple migt not distinguish. It sees the account over the machine.
 

mj_

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Of course Apple doesn't distinguish. Because Apple has nothing, I repeat, absolutely nothing to do with this at all. Zero. Nada. Zilch. It's all Microsoft.

Microsoft has to different license models for their Office suite: a perpetual lifetime license referred to as Office 2011, Office 2013, Office 2016, Office 2019, etc. and a subscription license with an expiration date referred to as Office 365. At their core both editions are the same really, and the differences are pretty much negligible. Office 2019 is basically a snapshot of Office 365 taken at a specific point in time, and it is not going to receive any major feature upgrades but only security updates for a predetermined amount of time. In comparison, Office 365 has received various feature upgrades since this snapshot was taken.

The Office applications that Microsoft is selling through the App Store are Office 365 only. You cannot download the lifetime edition of Microsoft Office through the App Store. Instead, you have to go to microsoft.com. The subscription edition on the other hand you can download from either microsoft.com or the App Store. The only difference is that the App Store version is updated via Apple's App Store's auto update while the version downloaded from Microsoft's servers is updated via Microsoft's Auto Updater.
 
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