How to Install Software on U-M Managed Macs Through the Managed Software Center

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How do I install software myself on my University Mac? What software is available to me through the Managed Software Center?


The Managed Software Center is an application that is automatically installed on UM-Dearborn imaged and managed Macs. It handles system updates and allows the user to self-install software from a large catalogue, including the Adobe Creative Cloud suite and major MacOS upgrade packages.

Using the Managed Software Center does not require being connected to a UM-Dearborn wireless network or using the Global Protect VPN.


1. Click the Block M in the Mac Menu Bar. Once there, click on Managed Software Center.

2. Once you open the Managed Software Center, you'll be presented with a growing catalog of available software to your Mac. You are able to search and browse for software as needed.

3. Clicking on any of the software titles will show more information, such as licensing method and the size of the software.

4. To install the requested software, click on the "Install" button and wait for the software to download and install. You are able to install multiple programs at once.

Some software may have dependencies, you will be directed to the Updates tab if needed. Click on "Update All" to finalize installation of the software you've selected. You will be notified if it requires a reboot of your Mac. With that, you should be all set and the software you've selected should be installed!

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