[AI] Safely remove pen drive

Vicky Singh ask.champs at gmail.com
Sat Jul 3 06:41:15 EDT 2010

Dear List members,

Given below is an extract from an earlier email from AI.
Hope you find it useful.



If you often use removable USB devices like a flash drive, you are
probably already familiar with the ?Safely Remove Hardware? icon that
sits in the system tray. The problem for many people is that the icon
is tiny, and clicking it just right to bring up the menu is a pain.
Can?t we just make a shortcut to bring up the dialog?

Of course you can, and it?s really quite easy. Easier than trying to
click the tiny icon in the tray, at least?

Update: This has been successfully tested on Windows 7 as well.

Create a Shortcut to the Safely Remove Hardware Dialog

Right-click anywhere on the desktop and choose New \ Shortcut:

Then paste in the following into the location box:

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RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll

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Give it a name, and you?ll have a shortcut icon?

?that will pull up the Safely Remove Hardware dialog.

Assign a Shortcut Key

If you want to assign a shortcut key to this dialog, you can
right-click the icon and open the properties dialog, then go to the
Shortcut tab.

Add in the shortcut key and close the dialog. As long as the shortcut
is on your desktop you shouldn?t have to restart anything for the
hotkey to work.
You can also move the shortcut to another folder, for instance your
quick launch bar.

Tip: If you add the shortcut to the Windows Vista quick launch bar,
you can use the built-in hotkeys  instead of bothering to assign one

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