Thursday, January 3, 2008

Apple Mac OSX - Eject Menu Bar Item

My friend, the proud (switcher) owner of a new Mac, launched iTunes and said 'where's the eject button for the CD drive'?

Well there isn't one on most Macs. There is on recent Apple keyboards, and on the top right of laptop keyboards.

But, if you have, say, a Mac Mini that doesn't come with a keyboard ie you've reused an old one, ejecting disks may be tricky.

There is another way.

You can add an eject menu item.

Go to the desktop, find your harddrive icon, double click, then find and double click 'System', then 'Library', then 'CoreServices' and then 'Menu Extras'. Inside you will find an item called

This puts an eject icon in the menu bar.

An alternative is to use some freeware called Ejector which shows all volumes as ejectable.


Unknown said...

Hey that's cool! just one question, how do you remove it if you change your mind?

Unknown said...

I don't know if this is the easiest way or not, but I opened the file "" from my user's "~/Library/Preferences/" folder. Using the Property List Editor, I just deleted the line under "menu.Extras" that has the path to "". Next Time I logged in the eject button was gone. (I still haven't figured out how to reload the preferences with out logging out and in again though).

standardmess said...
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standardmess said...

Just hold down the Commad button and use the mouse to drag it off the menu. This works for all of Apple's menu extras and it's much safer than editing a plist!!

Anonymous said...

thanks sooooo much! I had a fit tonight trying to figure this out.

Unknown said...

you star....
2 hrs on the mac site with no luck and this sorted it in 2 mins.