OS X: How to ignore a Software Update

Learn how to ignore a Software Update in OS X Snow Leopard or earlier.

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If you do not need to install a particular software update, and do not want to see it each time you use the Software Update feature, then use the steps in this article to ignore that particular update. You can also reset ignored updates so they appear.

How to ignore an update

  1. Choose Software Update from the Apple menu.
  2. Click Show Details when prompted.
  3. Click to select the name of the update you wish to ignore.
  4. Choose Ignore Update… from the Update menu. A confirmation dialog appears that states, "Are you sure you want to remove the update (name of update) from the list? You will no longer be notified of new versions of this update. To see this update again, choose Software Update > Reset Ignored Updates."
  5. Click OK.

The ignored update will no longer appear in the list of available updates unless you reset ignored updates.

How to reset and install ignored updates

  1. Choose Software Update from the Apple menu.
  2. Choose Reset Ignored Updates from the Software Update menu.
  3. Click Install to install all available updates (including updates that were previously ignored), or click Show Details to see a list of available updates.


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