Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple 70 70 people found this article helpful How to Add an Eject Menu to the Mac Menu Bar Eject CDs and DVDs by using the macOS menu bar by Tom Nelson Writer Tom Nelson is an engineer, programmer, network manager, and computer network and systems designer who has written for Other World Computing,and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Tom Nelson Updated on March 25, 2020 Apple Macs iPad Tweet Share Email The menu bar in macOS provides system- and application-specific access to menus, such as Apple, File, and Help. The menu bar is always visible, so no matter which application you use or how many windows are open on your desktop, you can access menus and commands on the menu bar. You can customize parts of the menu bar, adding shortcuts for frequently used features and functions, such as volume, Bluetooth-connected devices, and Wi-Fi networks. Here's how to add an Eject menu to the macOS menu bar so that you can quickly eject a CD or DVD without moving windows around to drag the disc icon to the Trash. Instructions in this article apply to Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) and later. Menu and command names may differ depending on the version of OS X or macOS installed on your computer. Add an Eject Menu to the Menu Bar Access to eject functionality from the menu bar offers benefits beyond a quick way to eject a disc. For example, if your computer has multiple optical drives, the Eject menu lists each drive so that you can select the disc you want to eject. The Eject menu also comes in handy when you eject a stubborn CD or DVD, such as a disc in a format macOS doesn't recognize. Because the CD or DVD never mounts (that is, it doesn't become accessible to the computer), there's no icon to drag to the Trash and no pop-up menu you can use to eject the disc. The Eject menu works for peripheral and built-in optical drives. To add the Eject menu to the menu bar, complete the following steps: Open Finder. From the Go menu, select Go to Folder. In the Go to the folder box, type /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras. Folder names in the Library are case sensitive. In the Menu Extras folder, double-click Eject.menu. The Eject menu icon is added to the menu bar (the icon is a chevron with a line beneath it). Select the Eject menu icon to display all the optical drives attached to the Mac. An Open or Close command appears, depending on each drive's current state. Position the Eject Menu Icon on the Menu Bar Like any other menu bar icon, you can position the Eject menu icon to appear anywhere in the menu bar. To reposition the Eject menu icon, press and hold the Command key on the keyboard, then drag the Eject menu icon to the desired location on the menu bar. Remove the Eject Menu Icon From the Menu Bar To remove the Eject menu icon from the menu bar, press and hold the Command key on the keyboard, then select and drag the icon off the menu bar.