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Ejecting a CD or DVD From Your Mac

By December 26, 2012

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This time of year, one of the most often asked questions is how to eject optical media, either a CD or DVD, from a Mac. Veteran Mac users may think this is a strange question, but it isn't. For Windows users, it can be disconcerting to insert a CD or DVD into a Mac and then discover that there's no eject button next to the optical drive.

Apple has a long history of doing things a bit differently, and so it was when the Mac first got an optical drive. Instead of using the eject button that was built into the optical drive, Apple decided that the Mac should be able to open and close the media tray on its own. Apple hid the eject button on the optical drive (although some Mac models had a way to get to the eject button for emergency use). Instead, the keyboard and OS controlled access to the CD/DVD drive.

That's why one of the most common questions from new Mac users is, how do I eject media from my optical drive?

The answer is that there are several ways to do it; that's why we have multiple guides to opening an optical drive.

How do I eject a CD from my Mac? - Covers the basic methods of ejecting a CD or DVD.

Add a Menu Bar Item to Eject a CD or DVD - Tells you how to add a special menu item to your Mac for opening and closing the optical drive.


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