Hardware

Tip: Create a Safely Remove Hardware shortcut

In Windows Vista, I continually pop in and pop out flash drives. I destroyed a flash drive in Windows Vista already by just pulling the flash drive out when I am done. I got tired of clicking on the small arrow in the system tray to find the Safely Remove Hardware icon. Here is a tip on creating a Safely Remove Hardware shortcut.

In Windows Vista, I continually pop in and pop out flash drives. I destroyed a flash drive in Windows Vista already by just pulling the flash drive out when I am done. I got tired of clicking on the small arrow in the system tray to find the Safely Remove Hardware icon (Figure A & Figure B).

 Figure A. & Figure B.

The quick fix is to simply create a shortcut on your desktop or taskbar. I prefer the taskbar as I like a clean desktop.

1. Right-click on the Desktop and choose New Shortcut (Figure C).

Figure C.
2.Paste the following string (Figure D) in the text box: RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll.

Figure D.

3. Type a name for the shortcut and click Finish (Figure E).

Figure E.

You can choose to leave it on your desktop or drag it to the taskbar. If you drag it to the first 10 spaces in the taskbar, you can use the Win key + number. In my example, it is WIN + 4(Figure F).

Figure F.

When you click the shortcut or use the WIN + key combination, the Safely Remove Hardware box appears as shown in Figure G.

Figure G.

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