Shortcut (and hotkey) for “Safely Remove Hardware” Dialog

If you’re anything like us, you’re plugging and unplugging your USB thumb drives (and other usb devices) all day, multiple times a day. 
Hopefully you’re right clicking on the little “Remove Hardware Safely” icon in your system tray in order to remove and avoid damaging or losing data from your USB drives/devices. The problem is, it becomes kind of a pain if you’re constantly switching out or removing USB drives. This tutorial will show you how to create a shortcut for the “Safely Remove Hardware” dialog, and as if that weren’t cool enough, we’ll even show you how to create a hotkey to bring up the dialog with one keystroke.


Step 1 - Create a shortcut to the Safely Remove Hardware dialog. To do this, right-click anywhere on your desktop, and select New / Shortcut.

Step 2 - Paste the following text into the Location box:

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll


Step 3 - Give your new shortcut a name - we named ours “Eject Devices”

Step 4 - Assign a shortcut key. To do this, right click on your new Eject Devices icon, click on “Properties”, then click on the “Shortcut” tab. In the box that says “Shortcut key” enter the shortcut key(s) you want to use. Click ok, and you’re done!


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