When you insert a disk or a flash drive, or even connecting a camera, you can automate how some of these items will open and the program or app used to read the files. Such automation is a simple feature that can save you a few clicks every time you use it.
Let’s first start with the Mac. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences and then CDs & DVDs.
For those of you who are familiar with the difference between a Mac and a PC, this illustrates how Microsoft typically builds more options into its operating system than Apple. However, there is something to be said for simplicity.
When you insert a blank CD, what do you want it to do? Did you know, iTunes can burn a disk for you? Select iTunes in the drop-down menu, or whatever you want to have happen. Do this for each of the options. When you come to selecting a DVD Player between more than one that you may use, select Open DVD Player and Finder will automatically open to Applications, allowing you to select your preferred DVD Player.
When you have made your selections, just close System Preferences.
If you find you don’t like your choices, return and change them. If you find you don’t prefer any of the choices, or if you have multiple choices, it sometimes is easier if you select Ask what to do.
For those using a PC and Windows 10, there are a few places where we need to go to set up auto play.
Click the “Start” button and then click the “Settings” icon. Next, click “Devices” and then click “AutoPlay” to the left.
At the top, move the slider to turn on “Use AutoPlay for all media and devices.” Next, in the drop-down menus below, make your selections for removable drive and memory card. Now, farther below, click the link “Default app settings.”
On this page, you can make specific choices for your email, maps and others. Click each one you want to change and then make your choice. If you find you’d rather start over, you can reset these to the defaults by clicking the “Reset” button. Once you are finished, you can close the settings window.
Next, let’s right-click your “Start” button and click “Control Panel” and then click “AutoPlay.” If AutoPlay isn’t showing, at the top-right, click the drop-down arrow next to “View by” and click “Large icons.”
At the top, checkmark “Use AutoPlay for all media and devices.” Next, checkmark “Choose what to do with each type of media.” Now, you can go through all these options and select what you prefer.
If you use the scroll button, be sure to click outside a selection after making it. Otherwise, it just scrolls through the drop-down menu options, changing what you just selected.
Also, if you are uncertain or you have differing preferences for a specific media, click “Ask me every time” and after you insert your media, you can make the choice when the box of options opens. Once you make all your choices, click “Save” at the bottom-right and then close the control panel.
For more than 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 500 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at ScottLindsay@live.com.