OS X Tip: Add an Eject Button in your Menu Bar

Ripping CDs today on my new Mac Pro, I realized that I no longer had the eject button in my menu bar. Since I did a clean install on the Mac Pro, it didn’t carry over a lot of my settings from my previous Mac.

Having an eject button in the menu bar lets you quickly eject any optical discs that are mounted on your Mac; it doesn’t let you eject hard drives, however.

To do this, go to /System/Library/Core Services/Menu Extras, and find Eject.menu.

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Double-click that item, and it adds an eject button to your menu bar. There are no options.

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When I’m ripping a lot of CDs, and doing other things at the same time, I find it quicker to eject them like this than to go straight to iTunes. Your mileage may vary.

24 thoughts on “OS X Tip: Add an Eject Button in your Menu Bar

  1. Thanks for the tip. I had no idea there was a core services with menu add ons somewhere. But in regard to the eject I use the upper right key on my keyboard. Doesn’t that let you eject a disk even when you’re not in iTunes?

    • No, and it doesn’t work in iTunes either. My guess is that it only ejects CD-Roms, but I haven’t seen one of them in years.

        • I use a wireless Apple keyboard, and I don’t think it’s ever worked, at least on my last two Macs. Perhaps it only works with a Mac with internal optical drive? I’ve been using externals on these Macs.

          • My keyboards have all been made by Apple, both wired and wireless. My optical drives have always been internal, however.

  2. Thanks for the tip. I had no idea there was a core services with menu add ons somewhere. But in regard to the eject I use the upper right key on my keyboard. Doesn’t that let you eject a disk even when you’re not in iTunes?

    • No, and it doesn’t work in iTunes either. My guess is that it only ejects CD-Roms, but I haven’t seen one of them in years.

        • I use a wireless Apple keyboard, and I don’t think it’s ever worked, at least on my last two Macs. Perhaps it only works with a Mac with internal optical drive? I’ve been using externals on these Macs.

          • My keyboards have all been made by Apple, both wired and wireless. My optical drives have always been internal, however.

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