10 Replies Latest reply: Apr 21, 2011 4:52 PM by Barney-15E
LDMartin1959 Level 1 (5 points)

I'm sure this has been asked and answered before, but I can't seem to locate anything on it at the moment. How do I bypass "autorun" when I insert a CD or DVD? There are times I want to insert a disc but I don't want it launcing DVD Player or iTunes. I'm sure there is probably a key-combination that will do this, I just haven't found it yet.

 

Thanks.

 

Leslie D. Martin


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Dansyacht Level 4 (2,125 points)

    You will find that option on the System Preferences > CD & DVDs section.

     

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    Dan

  • LDMartin1959 Level 1 (5 points)

    Dan,

     

    Thanks for the response. I will keep this in mind as a last resort, but I am actually looking for something I can do "on the fly", similar to what I used to do in Windows by holding down the "shift" key to bypass the autorun options.

  • Dansyacht Level 4 (2,125 points)

    This sounds like a job for Automator!  Example:

     

    1. Open Automator.  Under "Choose a template…" select Application.

     

    2. From the Actions library double click on Ask for Confirmation.  The Message should be something like "Open DVD Player?"  beneath that Enter "Click OK to Open Player."

     

    3. Next find action Play DVD.  Double click on it.

     

    You should now have something like this:

     

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    4. Do a File > Save as…  Call it PlayDVD.

     

    5. Open System Preferences >  CDs and DVDs.  For the "When you insert a video DVD" option point it to you PlayDVD automator application.

     

    Now when you insert a video DVD you will get this:

     

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    Hit Enter and the DVD player will open.  Hit esc and nothing will happen.

     

    Dan

  • LDMartin1959 Level 1 (5 points)

    I am not a script expert, having just gotten my first Mac but a mere few weeks ago. Is it possible to reverse this process? Have the script run that offers me the opportunity to cancel the default action within a specified period of time--say, 5 seconds-after which it opens the default application?

     

    THank you for your assistance.

  • kennethfromtoronto Level 4 (1,035 points)

    Yes, but you will need to write the script for it! The Apple options mentioned in the answer above usually work quite well. Remember that you are no longer on Windows and will need to become comfortable with the Mac environment and experience. Apple Script offers much in the way of customizing your Mac; Automator is a companion app that makes the approach to Apple scripting very comfortable.  

  • LDMartin1959 Level 1 (5 points)

    I am glad to be away from WIndows (after 20+ years in the IBM-compatible world) and I am working on getting to know all things Mac. But it takes time and right now most of my time is spent on my school work. Not getting a lot of free time to learn the intricacies of the Mac. But I'm working on it. And I ask questions.

     

    Thanks.

  • kennethfromtoronto Level 4 (1,035 points)

    Ask away! The people on this forum are here to help you become familiar and comfortable with your Mac so that you can have the most efficient use from your Apple devices. The Genius Bar is often overwhelmed with tech support issues so this is a good method to receive experienced Mac help in case you are quite distant from an Apple store and/or if your free phone support has expired. There are many ways to accomplish a task or solve a problem on a  computer so don't be surprised by seemingly contradictory answers. Different ones have their preferred workflow options set for convenience and you will discover yours in the fullness of time. Enjoy working on your Mac!

  • LDMartin1959 Level 1 (5 points)

    Most folks have been very helpful (a few exceptions but then there are always a few in every crowd). I can tell you that I have been more productive in the last few weeks with my Mac then I was in the previous several months with the PC. If Apple ever wants a testimonial, just send them to me.

  • LDMartin1959 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hmmm. How come there are some messages which I can't mark as helpful?

  • Barney-15E Level 8 (46,274 points)

    I'm not sure of the exact numbers, but you are limited as to the number of posts you can mark as helpful (2 possibly), and only one that you can mark as correct.