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Use F12 as a substitute for the eject key Desktop
I've just discovered an interesting little tidbit. It turns out that Apple didn't eliminate the F12-eject key functionality on non-Apple keyboards; they just made it more intelligent. So, instead of quickly pressing F12, press and hold it for a second. Your tray should pop out and in on your command.

[Editor's note: I thought we had run this hint before, but I couldn't find it in a search of the archives. There's a hint about the F12 eject key, but it was written before the nicer delayed functionality was introduced. The comments written there regarding ejecting all mounted drives, however, may still apply.]
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Authored by: ckizer on May 20, '02 04:12:43PM

I\'ve been using this tip on my Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard for the last year. The delay before it ejects is Apple once again thinking of the wonderful user experience that the Mac has always provided.

Sidenote: Although using a split key (ergonomic) keyboard was a pain to adjust to for about a week (it slowed my typing down, i never thought I would use one of these damn things) But I love it now! It\'s the best $60 I\'ve ever spend. Give it a week (you have to warm up to it) and you will be hooked for life. PS it also speed up your normal typing on old style keyboards.

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Authored by: holo on May 20, '02 09:01:48PM

originally i thought this was just limited to powerbooks. i have a pbg3 and had accidentally hit the f12 key and the cd spit out.. i didnt realize that it worked on desktops.. (i thought i had tried it and had no luck.. maybe i wasnt holding it long enough)

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double your fun
Authored by: joestalin on May 21, '02 02:29:23PM

If you've got 2 optical drives like me, they both open/close! Cool.

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