How to eject USB flash drive with a keyboard shortcut?

How to eject USB flash drive with a keyboard shortcut?

This article will show you how to create a shortcut to safely eject your USB in Windows.

What is the desktop shortcut to safely remove hardware?

  • If you don't want to go through the same routine each time you need to disconnect a USB flash drive, memory card, or external hard drive from your computer, you can create a desktop shortcut to quickly eject USB storage devices.
  • Right-click on an area of your desktop and select New > Shortcut to open the Create Shortcut Wizard.
  • Copy/paste the following line (case-sensitive) in the Type the location of the item field.
Rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL HotPlug.dll
  • Once done, click on Next to move to the next screen.
  • You can rename the shortcut (e.g. Remove USB) by registering a new name in the Type a name for this shortcut field. Click on Finish when done:
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  • The new shortcut will be placed on the desktop.

How to change the shortcut icon?

Changing the default icon of a desktop shortcut is a breeze.

  • Right-click on the new shortcut > Properties > Shortcut and click on Change icon:
  • A dialogue window titled Change icon will appear. Click on the Browse button and search for a file named "shell32.dll":
  • Once found, select the file (C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll) and click on Open:
shell32 change icon shortcut windows
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  • Windows will then display the icons contained in the shell32.dll file. Select the desired icon and click on OK to validate.

How to assign a keyboard shortcut?

  • You can also associate a shortcut key with your new desktop shortcut. Head back to the Properties menu and define a key combination in the Shortcut key field.
  • Click on Apply > OK to save your new settings.

How to eject USB storage devices?

Your new shortcut is ready. It will give you a direct access to the Safely Remove Hardware utility. Here, you will find all the USB storage devices connected to your computer. To eject a device, simply select its corresponding entry from the Hardware devices list and click on the Stop button:

eject usb storage devices with a shortcut
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Click on OK to validate. Windows will then display a message that reads, “The USB Mass Storage device can now be safely removed from the computer”.

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