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One of the most asked questions I get from new Mac users is, “How do I burn CD’s and DVD’s on a Mac?”. After personally showing some of those people how to burn CD’s and DVD’s, I decided it was time to show my readers as well. Here’s how to burn CD’s and DVD’s on a Mac.

  1. First, and foremost, insert your blank CD-R/CD-RW or DVD-R/DVD-RW/DVD-DL disc into the slot on your Mac.
  2. You should then see an icon on your Desktop that says “Untitled CD” or “Untitled DVD”.
  3. Click on the Finder icon in your dock.
  4. In the new Finder window that comes up, select the”Untitled CD” or “Untitled DVD” folder from the sidebar.
  5. Drag the files, folders, applications, or whatever you want into the CD or DVD folder in Finder.
  6. Then click on the Burn button located in the top right corner.
  7. In the pop-up window, type in a suitable Disc Name and select a Burn Speed.
  8. Once you’ve done that, click on the Burn button.
  9. Once the disc is done burning, it should eject from the computer.

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Ever since I got my CanoScan 8600F scanner, I have been looking for some good software (besides the included software that comes with the scanner) to import from my scanner onto my computer. Well, after lots of research on many applications that can do this, I found out I didn’t need to do any more researching. The Mac already comes with an application that allows you to import from the scanner. It’s called Preview. With it, you can change the format of what you are scanning as well as the resolution of the scanned object. Here’s how to scan images within Preview:

  1. Open up Preview from the Applications folder in Finder or from your dock.
  2. Make sure the scanner is on with the object you want to be scanned in it.
  3. Go to File > Import Image.
  4. The scanner should scan the object and shortly after, Preview will show a picture of it.
  5. Use your mouse cursor and drag it across the part of the picture that you want displayed in Preview.
  6. I would recommend to change the Resolution to a higher format for a better picture and to change the Format to JPEG for a smaller file size.
  7. After you have made any other changes you wanted to, click on the Scan button and wait for the final result to show up.

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With the iLife suite packaged with your Mac, your creativity just keeps going. One of my favorite applications in the iLife suite is iPhoto. It’s so easy to manage all of my photos with the nice interface of iPhoto. Instead of shelling out for a photo program like Aperture or Lightroom, I have found a neat trick inside of iPhoto that hides everything on the screen except your photo and allows you to compare and edit photos inside this sort of “darkroom-like” backdrop.

  1. Open up iPhoto from your Applications folder or from your dock.
  2. Once you’re in iPhoto, click on the icon beneath the “Rotate” button that shows a square in the middle with arrows on each corner.
  3. Now you have entered the full screen mode in iPhoto.
  4. If you would like the thumbnails to show, just go to View > Show Thumbnails.
  5. If you would like the toolbar to show, just go to View > Show Toolbar.

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Many new users who have just switched over to the Mac, probably realized there is no apparent right-click feature. There is a right-click feature for Macs, it justs takes a few simple steps and then you can start right-clicking.

Right-Clicking On A Portable Mac

  1. Open up System Preferences.
  2. Go to the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane.
  3. Go to the Trackpad section.
  4. Look for an option under “Trackpad Gestures” that says “Tap trackpad using two fingers for secondary click”.
  5. Now, all you have to do in order to right-click, is tap the trackpad with two fingers and the right-click drop-down menu will appear.
  6. If you would like, you can use the Control key while you click with the click button (on the trackpad) and it will serve as the same feature.

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Right-Clicking On A Desktop Mac

  1. If your Mac came with a Mighty Mouse, you should be able to use the right-click button on the mouse.
  2. If your Mac came with a mouse (that doesn’t have a right-click feature) just hold down the Control key as you click and the right-click drop-down menu will appear.
  3. My suggestion is that you just buy a Mighty Mouse or a mouse that has a right-click button on it.