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In particular, I receive update notifications for printer drivers where my current drivers work and I don't want to update them. I'd like to clear the updates from the store and stop receiving notifications about them.

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You can hide them - right click on the listing in the App Store updates (or purchases) list. You can unhide them by logging in to your account.

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Hiding purchases does not suppress the update notification. These updates also don't appear as purchases since they patch the OS and are updates and not purchases in the first place. – bmike Nov 24 '12 at 18:57
right click on the listing in the App Store updates... list – terrydev Nov 24 '12 at 19:46
Yeah thanks for the suggestion, which I have done, but as @bmike said, the problem is that next time around these keep popping up. Any other thoughts? – Philip Nov 25 '12 at 4:24

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