How To Assign Hotkeys To Eject/Insert CD Tray In Windows


If you have been using Windows for a while, you probably know that Windows lets you eject the CD/DVD drive from the explorer, but it doesn’t let you insert the tray. You have to press the CD/DVD tray button manually to insert it.

If you are a keyboard freak like me, you might like to insert or eject the optical drive just by using a hot key. Here is where Emsa CD Tray Pal comes in. Emsa CD Tray Pal is a free utility that allows you assign hot keys to insert or eject the optical drive effortlessly.

CD tray pal

Once installed and run the utility a small icon will be placed in the system tray. Both Emsa CD Tray Pal and system CD tray can also be controlled from the system tray icon. To assign a hotkey open the main CD Tray Pal window, move to Hotkeys tab, select the drive letter and hit the keys (don’t forget to click Save Hotkeys button).


Key features:

– Autorun at system startup

– Capable of handling multiple CD-ROM Drives

– Action on system shutdown: Close All / Open All CD doors

– Assignable, system wide Hotkeys per each drive and function – very handy!

– Tray icon(s) changing color based on whether valid media is inside the drive

CD tray pal hotkeys

Another good thing about this software is that you need not to install this application. Simply unzip the downloaded file, and run the main executable. It will ask you to activate the application when you launch the application for the very first time, and it will also display the link to get the genuine free activation key.

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Dylan Austin


Whenever I have a problem, I sing. Then I realize my voice is worse than my problem.

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