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August 28, 2014
Automate what happens when you insert CDs and DVDs into your Mac

When you insert a CD or DVD into your Mac which is blank or has content on it, you can select what action it will automatically take each time.

Click the Apple icon in the upper-left and then select “System Preferences.” Next, select “CDs and DVDs.” You will see a list of drop-down menus for each type of CD or DVD.

The first one, “When you insert a blank CD,” click the drop-down next to it. For example, if you want to burn files to blank CDs and you typically do this procedure, you can select “Open Disk Utility” and Disk Utility will open each time you insert a blank CD. You can select the same item when you insert blank DVDs too.

Other options include “Ask what to do,” if you choose different actions when inserting a blank disk. “Open Finder,” when you need to search for specific documents or files located on the disk. “Open iTunes,” to play music located on the disk. “Open other application,” if you have another application you use with blank disks, or “Ignore.”

I find the next three items more convenient. When I insert a music CD, I typically want my iTunes to open automatically because it is the program I use to listen to music on my Mac.

I use iPhoto to view pictures on a CD so I select that option when I insert a picture CD and when I insert a video on DVD, I select “Open DVD Player” so it will begin to play automatically. Make your selections and close the “CDs and DVDs” window.

One option I saved to talk about is called “Run script.” You have an application that is included in all Mac operating systems called “AppleScript Editor.” The purpose of this application is to create a language that will automate the actions of the Mac operating system and many of its applications.

If you want to learn more about creating scripts, go online and search “AppleScript tutorials” and you’ll find a plethora of help and instructions, including videos, to show you exactly how you can automate many tasks you usually do manually on your Mac.

For 14 years, Scott Lindsay has helped tens of thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 250 articles about the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at

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