How to customise and restore the Microsoft Word menu on Mac

If you need to make changes to the menu on Word you can rightclick onto the Toolbar and choose ‘Customise Toolbars and Menus…’

Remove, add or reorder menu items in the small menu on the top of the screen.


Restore the original menu by clicking the reset button. Make sure you have highlighted the menu you want to reset before you push the button.


iPhoto Videos Don’t Work

Recently, I had the problem that videos on iPhoto wouldn’t play anymore on my Macbook pro (Snow Leopard 10.6.8). It took me quite a while to figure out the cause, so I thought i’d share my solution here.

Upgrade Quicktime

First, I uninstalled Quicktime by deleting it from the applications folder, and made sure I installed the latest version from here: Quicktime 7

This still didn’t fix the issue, but it’s probably still a good idea to make sure you’re runing the latest release.


Then I removed Perian, which I had installed a few months earlier. Perian is a collection of Quicktime components that add support for many popular video formats. I suspected that this may be causing the problem.

How to uninstall Perian

  1. Go to System preferences
  2. Click on Perian
  3. Click the uninstall button
  4. Go back to the system preferences overview page and right-click on Perian. Click on remove.
  5. Restart

When I restarted the Mac, the videos in iPhotos worked again. I don’t know why, but I think that the version of Perian I was running is what caused the issue. There might be other ways around it but I decided not to use Perian anymore and to simply install the codec components I needed manually instead.

Missing Codecs

I installed the XVid and DivX codec only, as they were the video formats I used primarily.

DivX can be installed from here.

And the XVid component can be downloaded from here. After the download, unpack and move the file to /Library/QuickTime.



How To Use MySQL On MAMP Via Terminal

I’m still quite new to the use of command line, so if there is any better way of doing this, please don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments.

To connect to your MAMP MySQL database via command line, first navigate to the correct directory within your MAMP installation using the Terminal (or another SSH client). Example:

 cd /applications/mamp/Library/bin

Then run the command to connect to MySQL (the default user and password are both ‘root’).

 mysql -u root -p

You should now see this:


Here is a very nice post with some more details:
And a list of terminal commands and their meaning:

To avoid typing the location of MySQL each time you open the terminal, you can set the location by default. Open the ‘bash_profile’ file in the user root:

 pico .bash_profile

Add the location of MySQL in a new line:

 export PATH=$PATH:/Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/mysql

Instructions on how to use the Pico editor here:

Now you should get to MySQL simply by typing mysql into the terminal.


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