Camera Operator / Editor

On occasion, I will make a DVD for my family and friends with pictures from past holidays and trips that were taken. Of course, I make my DVD’s in iDVD because it’s a joy to use for making those wonderful last-minute gifts. The one thing that tends to bug me is that Apple icon that appears in the bottom right corner on the DVD. My goal in making the DVD is to make it seem like I made it from scratch. That’s why I don’t like having the Apple logo in the DVD. Surprisingly, it’s fairly simple to fix this. Here’s how:

  1. Open up iDVD from your Applications folder in Finder.
  2. Select Create a New Project or Open an Existing Project (if you’ve already made the DVD) from the iDVD start-up window.
  3. Once you choose a location to save the project to, go to Preferences under the iDVD menu.
  4. In the preferences window that comes up, make sure you’re in the General tab.
  5. Check off “Show Apple logo watermark” and it won’t appear anymore in your DVD’s.

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When it comes to writing, I always like to be productive with my time. Thankfully, Microsoft Word makes that incredibly easy with the built-in AutoCorrect feature. AutoCorrect is very similar to TextExpander, in that it will complete your abbreviation into a word/phrase. Here’s how:

  1. Open up Microsoft Word from your Applications folder.
  2. Go up to Tools in the menubar and select “AutoCorrect” from the drop-down menu.
  3. A pop-up window will appear presenting you will the settings for AutoCorrect.
  4. In the middle of the window, look for an empty field titled “Replace” above it.
  5. Type in the abbreviation or word that you would like to use.
  6. In the empty field to the right of that, titled “With”, correctly type in what you want Microsoft Word to replace your abbreviation or word with.
  7. Once you’re finished up with that click on the “Add” button and choose OK to close the window.
  8. Hope that made your experience with Microsoft software on the Mac a better one!

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Whenever I have worked on a laptop, I usually type worse than I do on a desktop computer. The reason for this is that the keys on most laptop keyboards are crammed in tight, so your fingertips are very close to another key at all times. The most annoying key on the laptop keyboards for me is the Caps Lock key. When I attempt to hit the “a” key I hit the Caps Lock and then they following letters become capital letters. This can get really slow you down when it comes to writing long papers, so I found a nice and easy work-around.

  1. Open up System Preferences.
  2. Click on the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane.
  3. Make sure you’re in the Keyboard section.
  4. Click on the “Modifier Keys” button.
  5. A drop-down menu should appear with the modifier keys: Caps Lock, Control, Option, and Command.
  6. Click on the drop-down menu located beside Caps Lock and choose “No Action”.

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