The 7 Most Common Ways to Eject a CD or DVD
The Mac, unlike most Windows PCs, doesn't have an external eject button on its CD/DVD drive. Instead, Apple made use of the ability of optical drives to respond to an open or close command sent over the drive's electrical interface. By using the open and close commands, the Mac offers several options for ejecting a CD or DVD.
Some Apple keyboards have an eject key, usually located in the upper right corner of the keyboard. Press the Eject key to eject the CD or DVD from the drive.
On any keyboard, including those originally designed for use with a Windows PC, press and hold the F12 key until the CD or DVD is ejected from the drive. This may take several seconds.
Locate the desktop icon for the CD or DVD. Click and hold on the icon and drag it to the trash. You'll notice that the trash icon changes to an Eject symbol, as the CD or DVD icon is positioned over the trash.
Perhaps one of the quickest ways to eject a CD or DVD is to right-click on its desktop icon and select Eject from the pop-up menu.
Some applications, such as iTunes and Disk Utility, have an eject command in a menu or toolbar. Launch the application and use the eject command to eject the CD or DVD.
Use the Eject menu applet located in the Mac's menu bar. If you don't see the Eject menu applet, you can create one using the instructions in Add a Menu Bar Item to Eject a CD or DVD.
When all else fails, click and hold the mouse or trackpad button while restarting your Mac.