How to Get a CD out of an iMac

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The Apple iMac desktop computer combines an LED flat-panel display, a hard drive and a central processor into a single unit, with the optical drive slot located on the right-hand side of the display. When you are done using a CD on your iMac, eject it to remove it from the computer. Whether it is an audio CD that you were listening to with the free iTunes application that comes installed on every Apple computer, or a data CD whose files you were accessing, you have several possible options for ejecting it.

  • Drag the icon for an audio or data CD from the iMac's desktop onto the trashcan icon in the Dock to eject it. When you drag a drive into the trashcan on a Mac, it ejects the drive, rather than deleting it.

  • Click on the "Eject" button next to the name of the audio CD under "Devices" in the left-hand pane of the iTunes window when you are finished listening to an audio CD.

  • Click on the "Eject" button on the Finder menu bar at the top of the iMac's screen to eject any CD.

  • Click the "Apple" logo in the Finder menu, then click "Log Out," then log back in if you are having problems ejecting a CD. Attempt to eject the CD again after you log back in.

  • Click the "Apple" logo in the Finder menu, then click "Restart" if you couldn't eject the CD after logging out and logging back in to your iMac. Press the mouse button while the iMac restarts and hold it until the disc ejects.

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