Where are all these apps?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by GerritV, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. GerritV macrumors 65816

    May 11, 2012
    Yesterday I hooked up an external disk to my MacBook Pro, only to grab a file from it.
    On this disk there were a bunch of apps that I no longer kept on my MacBook Pro.
    Still, App Store immediately updated them all.
    After removing the external disk, and even after restarting my Mac, all of these apps seem to be on my Mac - only not in the Applications folder. I searched for them but didn't find them.

    I discovered it when doing a right-click on a PDF and saw open with... CloudMagic Email.
    Pretty sure I didn't install it on my Mac myself. Newton does open (in trial mode), and I have no clue where it's stored.

    Any ideas? I want to delete them...
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Sounds like Spotlight indexed the external and the OS identified, updated and is keeping the apps in the database. If this is the case, you can try adding the external to the "Privacy" list in Spotlight preferences to see if that makes them disappear from the "Open with" list.
  3. GerritV thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 11, 2012
    Thanks for your thoughts on the matter Brian, although I'm not sure I completely understand. You see, this external disk is hardly ever connected to my MacBook Pro, and these apps could still be opened from within the App Store - so they had to be somewhere on my MacBook Pro - right?
    So I kept on digging and at a certain point, I opened Launchbar (never ever use it) and boom - there they were. Tap-and-hold and I could trash them one by one. Still no idea where they were stored, but I got rid of them.

    Makes me long for the good old days where we had one simple directory of apps and files.

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