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Make iWork 09 the default and avoid update nagging Apps
Many people continue to use iWork 09 apps, because they contain features missing in the newer versions. However, having the older apps on your system mean a constant nagging from Apple to update to the newer versions. If you do download the newer versions, then it is impossible to make the older apps the default for your documents. The old Get Info » Change All trick doesn't work.

Here's what to do to remedy that.

First, make a backup. Then install the latest iWork apps. Your older versions get moved to a subfolder called iWork 09. That's why you have the backup.

Next, move the NEW apps to an external disk or other partition. You can then restore the 09 apps to the /Applications folder. Or leave them in the subfolder if you prefer.

Having the apps on different volume from the system disk lowers their priority, so the 09 apps in your /Applications folder remain the defaults for your documents. What is more, any further updates will update the newer versions on your external drive, leaving your 09 apps untouched.

[crarko adds: I rather wish I had done something like this before updating. Maybe rolling back tp the 09 suite from Time Machine and then following this procedure will work.]
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Make iWork 09 the default and avoid update nagging
Authored by: MtnBiker on Jul 18, '14 10:29:54AM

Sounds like a great idea.

I already had an iWork '09 and an iWork Mavericks folder maybe from another hint. So I just created the minimum sized partition which was about twice the iWork Mavericks folder and moved over that folder.

I'll try to remember to report back my experience. Like Cranko wish I'd known about this earlier or not moved so fast on Mavericks version, but there are some items I want in the cloud, but Pages in particular has some "features" I don't like.

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Make iWork 09 the default and avoid update nagging
Authored by: shapiro on Jul 25, '14 07:10:13AM

Even simpler: move them to a disk image.



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Make iWork 09 the default and avoid update nagging
Authored by: grgiff on Jul 28, '14 09:44:48AM

I am unclear as to what needs to be 'backed up'.
Do I simply move Pages 5.2 and Numbers 3.2 out of the Applications folder to an external drive?

Jerry



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Make iWork 09 the default and avoid update nagging
Authored by: benwiggy on Jul 29, '14 11:01:22AM

Yes. Move the newer versions off the system disk, and the older versions will still be the default.



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Make iWork 09 the default and avoid update nagging
Authored by: poenn on Aug 07, '14 08:33:30AM

I would also just move them to a disk image or zip the apps and trash them afterwards. I used the zip method quite often when a user had newer app versions installed he should not be using (yet).



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Make iWork 09 the default and avoid update nagging
Authored by: benwiggy on Aug 08, '14 06:30:03AM

Are you sure that the App Store can still "see" them as installed on your computer inside a disk image or zip file?
If it can't, then you'll still get pestered with reminders to update again.



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Make iWork 09 the default and avoid update nagging
Authored by: poenn on Aug 08, '14 07:05:09AM

Good point. I used this technique pre-App Store and didnít think about that. I could imagine that the updater might see the apps while the disk image is mounted, but definitely not the zipped ones.



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Make iWork 09 the default and avoid update nagging
Authored by: Panjandrum on Sep 18, '14 07:09:27PM

Thanks for this tip. I was keeping compressed versions of the new versions of the iWork apps, decompressing them when I needed them, and then deleting the uncompressed versions immediately after use. Now I simply keep them in a special iCrap folder on a secondary hard drive so I can access them whenever necessary. This tip has saved me a ton of time.



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