Eject a CD/DVD from the Mac OS X menu bar

Oct 8, 2010 - 10 Comments

eject dvd menubar

There are numerous ways to eject a DVD from a Mac, but using a relatively unknown menubar item you can do this directly from the menubar too.

To enable this feature, navigate to /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/ and double click on Eject.menu

The easiest way to do this is with the “Go To Folder” key combo, which is Command+Shift+G and then paste in
/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/ then locate Eject.menu to open it into your menu. Disabling the menubar extra is easy, just hold down Command and drag it out of your menubar.

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Posted by: Manish Patel in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  2. susan says:

    If a DVD is stuck in the drive, and you’ve tried everything else (like I did), try this. Turn off Mac Pro. BEFORE you turn the Mac back on, press down the eject button (upper right hand corner of keyboard) & CONTINUE TO HOLD IT DOWN through the boot up process and until the DVD ejects. I tried everything and finally called Apple and this is what he told me to do. It worked immediately.

  3. Miles says:

    If there are two drives installed, as on a recent Mac Pro, would this menu show them each and allow for independent control?

  4. Jason says:

    I was looking for a reason to complain, and I found at least two: first my coffee is kind of bland this morning but the good news is I use an old DVD as a coaster. And second, my breakfast didn’t make itself, which at this point could resemble two DVD’s stacked on top of each other with some ham in between.

    I just wanted to chime that in.

    Really, who uses DVD players anymore?

  5. Rowan says:

    “Go To Folder” key combo, which is Command+Shift+F should be “Go To Folder” key combo, which is Command+Shift+G

  6. David says:

    cool. also what version of synergy are you using could you do an article on that / provide link? :)


  7. Jean-Pierre Nelson says:

    Easier way :

    Open a Finder window, pull down the View menu and choose Customize toolbar…

    Drag the Eject button to the toolbar

  8. Steve says:

    Boy, you guys sure find hard ways to do stuff. Why would you not use Command-E? Or the keyboard eject button?

    • Alberto says:

      Yes, and it is not the first time…
      But yes, it can show that it is possible to get the same result using different ways.

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