Your Mac's Magic keyboard has an eject button, but it's not needed because modern Macs have no ejectable drives. You can use this key for a more useful task, and we'll show you how.
Here are three ways to get the most out of your Mac's ejection key. Some of them require you to download additional apps, not others. But they are all great and make a once useless key more useful.
Using functions built into macOS
macOS has its own keyboard shortcuts that use the eject button and are enabled by default. Here's a quick rundown of what you can do without additional software:
- Control + Eject displays a dialog box where you can put your Mac to sleep, restart, or turn off the power.
- Command + Option + Eject will put your Mac to sleep.
- Control + Command + Eject restarts your Mac.
- Control + Option + Command + Eject turns off your Mac. Ctrl + Shift + Eject will put your screen in sleep mode, but will keep your Mac awake.
However, if you want to make a little more use of the eject button on your keyboard, there are a few third-party options that support the superpower.
Carabiners is an app that lets you configure the eject button to mimic other keystrokes or mouse clicks. It also has advanced options for more powerful customization. For our purposes, however, we focus here on the simpler options. It is also open source and can be downloaded for free.
Open Carabiner Item from the Applications folder on your Mac.
Select the "Simple Changes" tab and click on the "Add Item" button at the bottom of the window.
.Click the blank box in the From Key column and select the key whose behavior you want to change. For our purposes, click Eject
Do the same thing in the "To key" column and select the keystroke that the eject button should trigger.
Test your work by pressing the eject button, and if everything works, it will trigger the button you selected. When you edit a function m change the "From" or "To" buttons. If you want to undo everything, click the "Remove" button next to the item.
Ejector makes it quick and easy Easily eject a volume, whether it's an external hard drive, a USB drive or a disk image. If you plan to use it full time, this is $ 10. But you can test it thanks to the seven-day trial.
Download and install it first. Press the eject button. The ejector will open automatically. Click on the volume you want to eject, and then click the Eject button.
If you find you need to regularly eject volumes, Ejector may be worth ten dollars. Ejector can also forcibly eject persistent volumes: Hold down the Option + Alt keys when you click Eject to force macOS to eject the volume.