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The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Burning a CD or DVD right in Mac OS X

Toast is a great application for burning CD or DVD but sometimes, the large flexibility offered by an application like Toast is not needed and the simplicity of the Finder might just be the best. You can easily burn CD and DVD in the finder by choosing "New Burn Folder" when you right click anywhere in the Finder. You then only have to drag and drop the files you want into the "Burn Folder" and click "Burn" in the upper right of the folder. Best of all, when you drag and drop the files, it won't create a new copy of the files and use up even more disk space, it will simply create a kind of "shortcut" until you're ready to burn the optical disk.


13 Comments:

Anonymous cynos said...

useful stuff u got there .

January 27, 2007 at 12:55 AM  
Anonymous timbo said...

I'm new to Mac, but yesterday and today you said left click and right click... ? Very usefull stuff, but how?

January 27, 2007 at 7:03 AM  
Blogger Ross said...

On your single button Mac mouse

just ctrl-click

(press ctrl and click on your mouse simultaneously)

to replicate a 'right click'

January 27, 2007 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger Konstantino said...

I'd just like to point out that the appropriate term for "shortcut" in Mac OS X is "alias". Just good to know for those switchers who need to make a shortcut once and a while.

January 27, 2007 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

There are two ways of right clicking with an Apple mouse. The Ctrl-click like Ross said or if you have the Mighty mouse (the scrolling Apple mouse), you can activate a right-click button in "System preferences". You kind of have to lift your left finger off to use the right click on the Mighty mouse though. On newer MacBook Pro (I am not sure about the MacBook), you can also put two fingers on the trackpad and click on the mouse button. Sorry about not explaining the right-click better before, I guess I am just too used to a normal two buttons Logitech. MacGeek

January 27, 2007 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger CoolMac said...

I'm wondering when you set up the mighty mouse in system preferences, what exactly is the terminology for the secondary button to perform the right click?

January 27, 2007 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

When the Mighty mouse is hooked up, the Mouse settings change to Mighty mouse preferences and there, you have the choice of selecting "Secondary Button" for the right portion of the mouse. MacGeek.

January 27, 2007 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger heene said...

I just got my second macbook. First was a the core duo but my second is the C2D. I dont think the first one allowed you to use two fingers on the track pad, but my C2D does and I love it. Nice to have when I dont have the mighty mouse out.

January 27, 2007 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

I'm new to Mac and LOVE it! Can you tell me is toast a program that comes installed on the MacBook Pro or is it a program that you have to buy? Thanks for all the helpful tips. I learn something new everyday.

January 28, 2007 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

Toast is an applications for burning CD and DVD. Many Mac users get along with Apple built-in burning functionality, but sometimes, Toast is useful. I use it a lot for UDF (DVD-ROM) or copying. It is a commercial software sold for 99$ here. It is the Mac equivalent of Easy CD and DVD creator. I'm glad to hear you find the tips useful. MacGeek

January 28, 2007 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger john maher said...

i am also a new mac owner. i like the whole burn folder. but the problam i had is when using an dvd-rw or +rw i should be able to erase it but it says im unauthorize to do so when i drag and drop the items. or how can you add more to dvd after you have already burned it.

January 29, 2007 at 7:36 AM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

I don't think you can actually add more stuff to an RW from within the Burn Folder. You probably have to format the RW first (maybe with Toast). If you just want to burn it and then restart, you can erase to reuse it in "Disk Utility". Sorry for not knowing much about RW, last time I used an RW was years ago. I stopped using them because of unreliability. MacGeek.

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