If I open up a .pages or .numbers file on my computer (macOS 10.12.4), the respective applications open without delay.

However, when I search for Pages.app or Numbers.app in Finder, I cannot find either application! Neither application is listed in the Applications directory.

Where are these apps located?


You can check where any application is located via the Dock.

Right-click on the app's icon in the Dock and go to Options > Show in FInder.

If you haven't already got Pages and Numbers in your Dock, you don't need to add them. You can still do the above while they're running.

  • Ah... thanks, now I feel silly. Both files were in a directory below Volumes, and were invisible to search. How strange...
    – Delyle
    Mar 28 '17 at 22:42
  • In which directory were they found? They should begin /Volumes/Macintosh HD/Applications or perhaps /Volumes/Macintosh HD/<user_account>/Applications.
    – IconDaemon
    Mar 28 '17 at 23:14
  • @IconDaemon They were in a folder directly below /Volumes that had the same name as one of my external hard drives, which had long been unmounted. I don't know why or how they ended up there.
    – Delyle
    Mar 30 '17 at 2:27
  • And have you have moved them back to the /Applications folder where they belong? That's the sensible location.
    – IconDaemon
    Mar 30 '17 at 14:43

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