After you insert a disc into your PC’s disc drive, you eventually want to get that disc back out. Ejecting a disc from a PC running Windows is a pretty simple process. To eject a disc from a DVD drive:


Open the Computer window on your PC.

Either double-click the Computer icon on the desktop, or open the Start menu and choose Computer.


Click the DVD drive icon.

Clicking the icon selects that drive.


Click the Eject button on the toolbar.

The disc spits from the DVD drive.

You may be tempted to eject the disc by punching the eject button on the front of the drive. Don’t! If Windows is using the drive, you see an ugly error message on the screen when you try to eject a disc this way.

In times of urgency, such as when the computer is locked up (or turned off), you can manually eject a disc by pushing a straightened paper clip into the tiny hole (the “beauty mark”) on the front of the DVD drive. That action manually ejects the disc when the computer is too stupid to do it by itself.