Access QuickTime in Mac OS X Yosemite From Launchpad vs Finder

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Method 1: From Launchpad

You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to access the QuickTime Player from the Launchpad when using Mac OS X Yosemite.


Steps

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    To get started, we're going to need to open the Dock, which is located at the bottom of the screen on any new Mac. It may be hidden, so just moving the mouse cursor to the bottom of the screen should reveal it.
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    On the screen in this example, there is a black "Q" with a blue inner circle. This is the icon for the QuickTime Player. It's there because the system is currently open, and we're recording a screen capture.
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    What we want to do is go to the Launchpad, which is a silver and gray circle with a black rocket ship inside of it. Click the mouse or press the mouse touchpad on the icon one time.
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    This will open the Launchpad, which is an area where our most commonly accessed icons and applications reside.
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    On our demonstration computer, the "QuickTime Player" is at the top left. However, there may be quite a few applications and icons listed in the launchpad.
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    Therefore, to save time, we can move to the top of the screen where we'll see a white magnifying glass next to the word "Search".
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    Click there one time by tapping the touchpad or by clicking with the mouse.
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    Now, we can type in something to "Search", so let's begin typing Quicktime. The "QuickTime Player" has appeared after just typing in "quick".
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    Then we can click on the application to open or launch it.
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    We may also click on the "x" in the white circle on the right side of the "Search" box to close the search field.
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    Then click anywhere in the launchpad area that is not on an icon to go back to the main screen of the Mac.
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    This concludes our tutorial on accessing QuickTime using the Launchpad function on the Mac OS X Yosemite. For additional help, or if you have questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know in the area provided below the tutorial.
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Method 2: From Finder

You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to access QuickTime from the Finder when using your Mac running OS X Yosemite.

Steps

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    To begin we need to scroll down to the bottom of the screen to open the dock.
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    On the doc, we're going to be looking for the "Finder" icon, which is a blue and white smiley face. It's labeled "Finder", which can be seen when our cursor hovers over the icon.
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    Once it is found, give it a single click by pressing the touchpad on the Mac or pressing the left mouse button. One tap will open the Finder.
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    As we can see, we are currently in the "Applications" section, which is indicated on the left side. Not all Macs are configured exactly in the same way, so this screen could look a bit different when it opens.
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    We could be in another area, such as "Desktop", for example.
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    If we are not in the "Applications" area, simply click on "Applications" one time.
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    If we are in the "Applications" area, we should be able to see the "QuickTime Player" icon among the other icons on the right side. It is a black "Q" with inside colored in blue.
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    In the event that there are quite a few applications, or we simply don't have time to look for QuickTime, or we can't find the icon, we use the "Search" box at the top right-hand side of the window. This box has a black magnifying glass next to the word "Search".
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    Tap the touchpad or click the mouse one time to place our cursor and begin typing in the box.
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    Now, begin typing in "QuickTime", and the icons that match will appear in main part of the window.
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    The "QuickTime Player" should come up soon after we begin typing.
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    We can then click on the "QuickTime Player" icon to launch the program if desired.
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    We can also close the search area by clicking on the white "x" on the right in the search box.
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    Once we've one this we'll be back in the "Applications" window, and we can close that by pressing on the black "x" in the red circle at the top left-hand corner. This will take us back to our desktop.
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    This concludes our tutorial on accessing QuickTime through the Finder area of your Mac running OS X Yosemite. If you have any additional questions, comments or suggestions, please leave them in the area provided below, and a member of our team will make sure to get back to you.
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Video: Access QuickTime in Mac OS X Yosemite From Finder

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