How To Eject/Close CD/DVD Drive Tray With Desktop Shortcut

By default windows only allow us to eject the CD/DVD drive tray
from the explorer. But windows doesn’t allow us to close the drive tray.
There are software & tricks available that allows you to eject/close
your CD/DVD drive tray. But to use them either you have to open up explorer
or run a software in background.

But it’s more convenient & easy to open your CD/DVD drive tray from the
desktop.

In this tutorial we are going to see how to eject & close CD/DVD
drive tray using desktop shortcut.

Steps :

1. First download a tool called NirCmd from here

2. Unzip it. Copy the file “nircmd.exe” into your
windows dir ( for eg. C:\Windows )

Shortcut for opening/ejecting CD/DVD Drive Tray

3. Right click on a free space on the desktop.

4. Select New > Shortcut & a new window will appear.

5. In the location area browse to the path of the “nircmd.exe” file location
in this case it’s C:\Windows\nircmd.exe

6. Now put a space at the end of the line ( C:\Windows\nircmd.exe )
and type in this cdrom open h: ( assuming your Cd/DVD drive letter is H:)
So the whole line will look like C:\Windows\nircmd.exe cdrom open h:

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7. Click next & give name of the shortcut like Open DVD Drive. Click Finish.

Shortcut for Closing CD/DVD drive tray

1. Repeat the steps 3.4.5

2. Now put a space at the end of the line ( C:\Windows\nircmd.exe )
and type in this cdrom close h: ( assuming your Cd/DVD drive letter is H:)
So the whole line will look like C:\Windows\nircmd.exe cdrom close h:

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3. Click next & give name for the shortcut like Close DVD Drive. Click Finish.

To add an icon to the shortcuts follow this step
Right click on the shortcut. Choose Properties > Change icon
Select a suitable icon. click ok & click apply

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16 Responses to How To Eject/Close CD/DVD Drive Tray With Desktop Shortcut

  1. Nick says:

    Hey buddy, thank you for the tutorial It worked great! a must have for remote computing!

  2. Cov says:

    Hi, I think that funktion should be default of an operating system like Windows.
    Quite ridiculous to bend over backwards just to close the tray again.
    Who is the master and who is the slave I wonder ?
    Thanks for the info anyway !

  3. munim says:

    excellent tips. it is working!!!!!!! thank you very much

  4. vsara90 says:

    Yeah. Nice trick. However it seems to be tedious. Better to have Cdejector.exe. After that for ejecting you have to press two times the icon. For closing, you’ve to select close which is from right click option from the icon.
    Ignore this if you know this alry.
    Thank You,
    VSARA90

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    It’s great,thanks for the uploading this tutorial
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