Enable a Hidden Disc Eject Menu in OS X

Dec 28, 2011 - 4 Comments

Hidden disk eject menu

If you use a lot of DVD’s or CD’s on a regular basis, you may find some use enabling a hidden disk eject menu item. Once enabled, you’ll have a Finder pull down menu that lists discs, and selecting a disk from the menu ejects it:

  • Hit Command+Shift+G to bring up the Go To Folder window, using the following path:
  • /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/

  • Locate and double-click the menu item named “Eject.menu”

To remove the Eject menu, just hold down the Command key and drag it out of the Mac OS X menu bar.

The Disk Eject menu works in OS X Lion but is probably only going to be useful for Mac owners who have a CD or DVD drive, because it doesn’t seem to show external USB devices in testing. It also seems to be connected to the same eject mechanism of just dragging a disk to the Trash, so if you have a stuck disc it’s probably not going to be as effective as a forced eject.

On a side note, once you’re in the Menu Extras folder you will find a variety of other menu bar items you can add by double-clicking. Most of these are also available by enabling various settings in System Preferences, but Eject seems to be unavailable elsewhere.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Nolin says:

    Tip: If you hit your ⌥ (Option Key) before clicking the menu item it gives you a handy ‘Force Eject’ option in the drop down menu.

  2. Bastien says:

    A great thanks! The eject menu is very useful.

  3. Tom Karalias says:

    Tip: The eject button and menu can be enabled in system preferences in keyboard settings…

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