How to Open a DVD Player on an Apple Computer

By Dustin Thornton

Apple computers come with a default utility called "DVD Player" capable of playing DVD disks. By default the DVD Player is set to open automatically when you insert a video DVD into the disk drive. If your DVD Player does not automatically start when you insert a disk into the drive, you must change the DVD preferences. Alternatively, if you do not wish for the DVD Player to start automatically or if you close the DVD Player and wish to access it again without removing the DVD, you can open it manually using the Apple "Finder" utility.

Change DVD Preferences

Click on "System Preferences" from the "Apple" menu in the top left corner of the screen.

Click on "CDs & DVDs" in the "System Preferences" menu. The "CDs & DVDs" preferences box will appear.

Click on the drop-down menu that reads "When you insert a video DVD" and select "Open DVD Player."

Exit the "CDs & DVDs" preferences box and the "System Preferences" menu.

Insert a DVD into the disk drive on your Apple computer. The DVD player will automatically start.

Manually Open DVD Player

Click on the square blue smiley face, otherwise known as the "Finder" icon on your Apple doc. A menu will appear.

Click "Applications" from the "Places" section in the left of the "Finder" menu.

Click on "DVD Player" in the right of the "Finder" menu to open the DVD player and play the DVD. The DVD will resume from the point where you left off.