How to Make Your Mac Keyboard’s Eject Key Useful Again

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The Magic Keyboard keyboard on your Mac has an eject button, but it does not need it, because modern Macs do not have discs to eject. You can reuse this key to make it do something more useful, and we'll show you how.

Below are three different methods to get the most out of your Mac's eject button. Some of them will require the download of additional applications, others will not be. But they are all very good and, better still, make a previously useless key more useful.

Using built-in macOS features

macOS has its own set of keyboard shortcuts that take advantage of the eject key and are activated immediately. Here is a preview of what you can do without additional software:

Control + Ejection presents a dialog box allowing you to put your Mac on standby, reboot it or turn it off.
Command + Option + Eject puts your Mac on standby.
Control + Command + Eject restart your Mac.
Control + Option + Command + Eject Turn off your Mac.
Control + Shift + Eject puts your screen to sleep but keeps your Mac awake.

However, if you want to get a little more of the eject key on your keyboard, there are third-party options to help you outperform it.

Use a carabiner

Karabiner is an application that allows you to configure the eject key to mimic other supports or mouse clicks. It also offers more advanced options for more powerful customization, but for the purposes of this article, we will focus on its simplest options. It's also open source, and you can download it for free.

Open Karabiner-Elements from the Applications folder on your Mac.

Throwing carabiner elements

Select the "Simple Changes" tab and click the "Add Item" button at the bottom of the window.

Click Simple Changes. Click Add an item

Click the empty box in the "From Key" column and select the key whose behavior you want to change. For our needs, click on "Eject".

Click the empty box in the Key column. Select the key that you want to change the behavior

Do the same thing in the "Key" column, selecting the key you want the Eject key to be initiated.

Click on the action you want the eject button to launch.

Test your work by pressing the eject button. If everything works, the pressure of your choice will be started. If you need to edit a function, change "Key" or "Key". If you want to cancel everything, click the "Delete" button next to the item.

Using the ejector

Ejector lets you quickly and easily eject a volume, whether it's an external hard drive, a USB drive, or a disk image. If you plan on using it full-time, it's a $ 10 expense, but you can try it out using the seven-day trial period.

To begin, give him a download and install it. Press the eject button so that the ejector opens automatically. From there, click on the volume you wish to eject, then click on the "Eject" button.

Click on a volume Click on eject

If you find that you have to eject volumes regularly, Ejector may be worth your ten dollars. The ejector can also force out persistent volumes – hold Option + Alt while clicking "Eject" to force macOS to eject the volume.

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