How to eject a disk or drive with a keyboard shortcut / command on your Mac OS X computer.

Learning how to eject a disk or drive using a keyboard shortcut on your Mac OS X computer can definitely help you save time.

The keyboard shortcut to eject a connected peripheral is Command + E. Make sure that you highlight the selected disk or drive that you’d like to eject on your desktop first and then press the Command and E keys at the same time. You can even eject multiple disks / drives at once using this keyboard shortcut.

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If, for some reason, the disk or drive connected to your computer isn’t showing up on your desktop, follow these instructions:

  1. Click on your desktop so that you’re in the Finder application.
  2. Click on the Finder menu in the top left of your screen.
  3. Select “Preferences…” from the drop down menu
  4. In the General tab make sure that all of the items are checked under “Show these items on the desktop”.
  5. Now you should see the connected disk or drive on your desktop and can use the Command + E shortcut to eject the disk / drive.

Although it may not seem like a big deal to just drag a connected disk or drive to the trash on your Mac OS X computer, over a long period of time, this shortcut can definitely save you some time and make your overall workflow on a Mac computer more efficient.

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Anson Alexander

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