Find Those Hidden Purchases In The Mac App Store [OS X Tips]

Hiding Apps

So, you’ve hidden a few of the apps you’ve purchased in the Mac App Store, but you want to get them back, right?

It’s ok, we understand. Sometimes you just don’t want everyone knowing what you’ve purchased. Or maybe you’re getting a little tired of seeing Mac OS X Lion in your Purchased Apps history. So you hide it.

But then you want to get it back, so you can re-download it, yeah? Well, here’s how to do just that.

You hide purchases with a right-click in the Purchased tab, itself at the top of the Mac App Store window. You’ll get a little window asking you if you truly would like to hide it, and you’ll need to click to confirm.

Unhiding Apps

Now, to unhide any hidden apps, click on the Featured tab at the top left of the Mac App Store window. Over on the right, you’ll see a link to your Account. Click there, type in your iTunes account credentials, and scroll down to where it says iTunes in the Cloud. You’ll see how many hidden apps you have, and if you click on View Hidden Purchases, you’ll see the list of apps you’ve hidden.

To get them back in your Purchased Apps area, simply click the Unhide button to the right. Boom! Your hidden app or apps will now show up where you want them to, letting you download them again, or hide again. It’s really up to you.

About the author

Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, Creative Screenwriting, Shelf-Awareness, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef, and send him a cookie once in a while; he'll really appreciate it.

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