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Can I Make A Keyboard DVD Eject Shortcut?

Bob from Oklahoma writes:

Is there a shortcut to opening the CD/DVD tray? Decided the best way for me was to transfer all my data, important files, pictures, music, etc, was to weed through it, then transfer it over to CD’s & DVD’s. My finger is sore from pushing that tiny button to open the tray. Thanks.

Bob, the best advice I can give you is to go to the DVD drive under “My Computer” and right-click to eject.


Now there is a way to download a utility and make a shortcut and then assign a hot key.  The utility is called NirCMD from NirSoft. It is freeware. Once it is installed, you can right-click anywhere on your desktop and choose New followed by Shortcut.

 When the window opens, type this  “C:\path\to\nircmd.exe” cdrom open D:  in the box.  If your optical drive is something other than the D drive, substitute the appropriate letter.

Name your shortcut and then assign a  hotkey to the shortcut. Just right click on the recently created shortcut, select Properties from the drop-down menu and you’ll be able to assign a key on the keyboard just by typing the letter into the Shortcut key box. Make sure to select apply.

 But there’s a better solution than transferring so many files to CDs. Why not put those files on a large USB flash drive? You can easily create new folders to divide them by content and move them to other files or throw them out as you go through them. It seems like a lot less work that burning multiple CDs or DVDs.

 ~ Cynthia