If you want to eject a disc from your Mac, there are currently two ways of doing this in OS X that most users know of, but there’s actually a hidden app that you may not know about that resides in the menu bar.


Apple has a long history of using slot-loading disc drives rather than the tray-loading drives used widely across the rest of the industry. If you want to eject the disc, there are currently two ways of doing this in OS X that most users know of, but there’s actually a hidden app that you may not know about.

You can eject from the sidebar in Finder, or from the desktop (dragging to the trash). However, there’s also a third way: a menu bar item. Apple doesn’t show this item by default in Snow Leopard, which led me to try and find a way to enable it. It’s actually fairly easy:

  1. Open a Finder window and go to /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras.
  2. Double click on Eject.menu and it should appear instantly in your menu bar.

You can move the menu bar item by holding down the Command key and dragging it around. You can also get rid of it by dragging it off the menu bar, where it’ll vanish in a puff of smoke, just like you’d drag an item off the Dock.

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  1. WTF? this site is getting crappier by the post, is like: to turn on your TV, press the Power button. Come on guys!!! be a little creative!!! or keep using that technique of stealing nice post fro engadget.

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      2) I literally have no idea what you’re referring to when you say “stealing nice post fro engadget”…then again, maybe I just misunderstood your third grade level grammar and typing ability.

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  2. I’m surprised you failed to mention the eject button on the keyboard.

    1. That’d be part of the “there are currently two ways of doing this in OS X that most users know of” that we mentioned in the first paragraph. :)

      1. Two ways are finder and drag to trash. The point was quite valid.

  3. I’ll give this one a pass. I have enough stuff living in my menu bar, and it’s turning into the same problem Microsoft had with tray icons before WinXP.

  4. @ cgdavilab-
    Actually, I found that eject tip quite useful and informative.
    Too bad we’re not all as ‘bright’ as you…
    and too bad I just can’t click on my new eject icon and rid your comment from this page :)

  5. Or simply select the drive and press cmd-E

  6. This menu eject feature shows up when you have more than 1 drive in your Mac, which is vital for opening and closing the correct drive. That’s probably why it’s there.

  7. So, um, what do all those other “Menu Extras” do? Like, fer instance, the one named PPPoE.menu?

    1. You don’t need to worry about PPPoE unless you’re on DSL. Most of those other menu extras are just for different connection types.

  8. Geoffrey Goetz Friday, August 13, 2010

    If the disc gets stuck, or any of the afore mentioned means of ejecting prove to be frozen, reboot and hold down the mouse button during the boot sequence. You can also use the “drutil tray eject” command in terminal to eject a disc. With slot loading macs there certainly are more than a few ways to get a disc out, but only one way to get it in.

  9. Or you could use something like Semulov (Volumes backwards) which will eject anything that can be ejected from yur menubar. That includse ISOs, DMGs, CD/DVDs, and external Hard Drives

  10. what about cmd e

    1. What about it?

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