Ejecting a CD or opening a CD tray on a Mac using a non-Mac keyboard

Ejecting a CD or opening a CD tray on a Mac using a keyboard without the “Eject” key
How to add a CD eject button to the Menu Bar

I have had two people ask me about this in the last 24 hours, so I thought others might also be wondering. For those of you who are using a G5 (or other Mac) and may need a way to open the CD tray and don’t have an eject button on your keyboard, here is a little tidbit for you.

Adding a CD Eject Button to the Menu Bar…

  1. Use the Finder to go to System –> Library –> CoreServices –> Menu Extras
  2. Double-Click on the file “Eject.menu” *
  3. You should now have an eject button in your menu bar

* If double-clicking does not work, you might be able to drag the “Eject.menu” to the menu bar to add it.

To remove, just hold down the Command Key (), click-and-drag the item off the menu bar.

About Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is the IT Communications Specialist and Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He started at SMU in 1996 and, for much of his career at the University, had managed the SMU STAR Program before joining the Training & Communications Team in 2015. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family. You can see examples of when the two collide at ianaberle.com.
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