Introduction: Super Simple Laptop Hack for Making Your CD/DVD Drive Easier to Open.

Picture of Super Simple Laptop Hack for Making Your CD/DVD Drive Easier to Open.

 OK, so this isn’t exactly a problem that has plague man since the dawn of time, but it is something that bothers me about laptop CD/DVD drives that is so simple to solve.

Here is the problem, to open the CD/DVD drive on most laptops you need to push a button on the right side of the computer that is flush mounted, under the edge of the laptop. So it’s hard to find in a hurry and normally means you are running your hand up and down the side of the laptop.

Even worst, if you close the door and your finger hits the button, the drive opens right back up. It’s a pain sometimes.

Well, now with less than 30 seconds and a marker, you can fix this problem. All you do is add an “index” mark on the side of the keyboard that is directly over the button of the drive.

Step 1: Step One

Picture of Step One

Find the button for your CD/DVD drive and with a permanent marker, place a quick dot over the button. 

Step 2: Step Two

Picture of Step Two

(Told you it was quick and easy.) 


halfbackdog (author)2015-08-01

Thanks for this it is simple when you say it but will save me a lot of time, I might use a dymo for some other things like usb.

Ahmed Sheta (author)2015-06-27

Simple But Very Good :)

alfian_yudi123 (author)2015-04-04

it's look like my Laptop :v

Thanks. Simple :D

Damon Creed (author)2015-03-07

Some how I screwed up and got my d*** stuck in a USB port... (great instructable)

repguy2020 (author)2012-10-09

Simple. Elegant. Awesome.

stealthop (author)2012-05-01

have you considered marketing this idea to hp ?

MRedu (author)2011-12-28

Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest ones....

Zachintosh (author)2011-11-22

2 steps to teach us how to draw a little mark on my laptop...?

Jamez Britton (author)2011-07-20

A lot of laptops usually have a keyboard key with the 'dvd/cd drive eject' function.

In his case the laptop doesnt. he has an HP laptop, which dont have that feature...i would know cause i have a laptop made by HP. so far the only laptops that i personally have seen with the conveniance of an eject button on the keyboard is dell computers...mainly the Inspirons (would have no idea about their other models to include the Alienware wing)...BUT i know i am prolly just a little off, but like i said...i PERSONALLY havent seen any other computers than that cause i only stick with HP.

f.rh.t (author)2011-07-31

amazing , kuş beyinli

amit_sci (author)2011-07-18

cool I used a small smiley sticker

imBobertRobert (author)2011-06-05

lol duh why didnt i think of this.

Tulumayan (author)2011-05-23

I used "White Out" to paint dots on my Epiphone's neck side so I could tell where key frets were. I had been using a much smaller acoustic so it was difficult to see where my fingers were while learning the neck.
I like your idea. Finding that one little button is really difficult at times.

Pe-ads (author)2011-03-16

Ha ha! I pwned you all beforehand! My Dell doesn't have a slider-cartridge-thing! It just has a slot a la Mac!

But if I did have one, I'd probably do this ;-)

legless (author)2011-03-05

It's a simple idea that may make it a bit less frustrating for some people. I don't know why laptop makers can't just add a Fn-keystroke combination like they have for many other things like volume and contrast.

Not that it concerns me as my laptop has no optical drive. (no it's not a netbook) Most 13" laptops don't have them and I seldom use one anyway. I have an external one when I do.

bearbare13 (author)2011-02-17

Hey everyone, there is a much easier way to eject your laptop DVD drive tray. (or tower CD/DVD drive tray.) Download a program called Wizmo and read what to put in the desktop shortcut to OPEN the DVD tray (also works to close the tray on desktops) Plus the program does many more things depend on the parameters that you put with it.

dunstantom (author)bearbare132011-02-18

Wizmo has some interesting features, but I think you'd just be as well off right-clicking on the CD/DVD drive icon and clicking Eject (which will open and close on a desktop). Seems comparable to a shortcut that you need to double-click.

legless (author)dunstantom2011-02-18

Hmmm "Eject" will certainly open the tray but not close it again on any version of Windows I've had including Win7. I always thought it a stupidly simple to fix shortcoming.

Broom (author)legless2011-03-05


Doom Blimp (author)2011-02-13

A white permanent marker?! What madness is this?

Broom (author)Doom Blimp2011-03-05

This ... Is ... Sparta's... Office ... Supply!

*pssst.....try the silver "Permanent Markers" too...adds a bit of flare ;)

Goshen.Guy (author)Doom Blimp2011-02-17

Use of a correction fluid pen (e.g.; Wite-Out) will add tactile
feedback (a raised bump) for low light situations.

maxsmith (author)2011-02-17

get a macintosh.

Broom (author)maxsmith2011-03-05

Get some manners.

noltus (author)maxsmith2011-02-23

Macintosh? wht put a dot on a biccycle

your_dragon113 (author)maxsmith2011-02-19

I'm not sure about the Macintosh.....but....does it work on a Granny Smith?

duct tape (author)your_dragon1132011-02-21

a fugi, perhaps?

Zarkazmo (author)your_dragon1132011-02-20


dkfa (author)2011-02-17

I memorized my position the the CD drive. =]

AsianSpanker (author)dkfa2011-02-23

I memorized my name tag and threw it away!

devonfletch (author)2011-02-20

The Correction Fluid used by clumsy typists works well for this sort of thing... get the style that looks like a pen, the bottle-and-brush version is messy...
I also mark on-off buttons etc, just put a blob of Correction Fluid on the spot, and gently wipe off the excess, leaves a neat black-and-white symbol.

And check out maxsmith, below: He has some really handy advice... though I have used black nail-polish, to get good contrast, and it's as messy as the bottle-and-brush Correction Fluid. Does open the door to all sorts of colours, however...

cody777 (author)2011-02-19

doing this on the headphone port on my macbook(not really useful for ejecting the drive cuz it uses a key on the keyboard)

m.hutchinson (author)2011-02-17

This is great! Really handy moving from notebook to notebook when they switch sides, too! Every laptop is slightly different, grrr...

I'm going to write an instructable using TWO dots over the USB ports. :) Ever tried finding those suckers to plug your thumbdrives in? GACK!

mrceeky (author)m.hutchinson2011-02-17

Very good idea for the 2 dots over usb ports. Sometimes frustrating to have to turn laptop up to check where port is. Thanks.

m.hutchinson (author)mrceeky2011-02-17

So true. How about 3 dots for power connector, and 4 dots for the LAN connector... Good thing most notebooks don't have an external antenna connector for WiFi... How many dots would that take? Ahhhh! My notebook has measles!

Would it be overkill to put 15 dots over the VGA connector, since it's a 15 pin d-shell? LOL

Seriously though, another option I've used is to use some contact cement and just dab a bit on the eject button. It makes it easier to feel for the button. But I do like the dot better. How about a dot of glow-in-the-dark paint over the white dot?

LMAO....ok, now I KNOW the blind have use beat! BRAIL FTW!

BtheBike (author)2011-02-17

now i have a similar x-rated , glow in the dark tattoo idea for my girl... Giggidy =)

your_dragon113 (author)BtheBike2011-02-19


Ya gonna post that? hahahahahahah

inchman (author)BtheBike2011-02-17

This is the best comment I have ever seen! 8>)

BtheBike (author)inchman2011-02-18

don't know why the Big Manufacturer didn't think of it .
sometimes the plane needs lites on the runway =)

BtheBike (author)BtheBike2011-02-18
these come in pairs .

orbitup (author)BtheBike2011-02-17


hottroc (author)2011-02-18

This may make the button easier to locate but I don't see how it solves the problem of pressing it while closing it. Also I'd like to see more info on the permanent marker used. I don't think I've ever seen a permanent marker pen that uses white ink, though I'd probably substitute a very carefully applied dab of tippex.

your_dragon113 (author)hottroc2011-02-19

To help solve the problem of not pressing the button while closing the drive...don't put your finger where the painted mark is while closing the units door...LOL! Sorry, but that just seemed like a given.

I REALLY like the idea of the painted mark too...the button on mine is black, just like the rest of the case, so it's even hard to find in low light even when I'm LOOKING at the unit. This is just one of those fixes that I have to slap myself in the forehead and ask, "Why Didn't *I* Think Of That???"

Great Tip!

millenniumtree (author)2011-02-18

HA! Brilliantly simple!

Our new Vizio LED TV has no buttons on it at all. It has a series of spots on the front that light up, and you press the spots to make things happen while the functions are displayed on the screen above them. It's aesthetically pleasing, until you have to actually do something with the TV. My mom wouldn't even be able to turn the thing on without following instructions, let alone change the channel.

Sometimes modern design really bites you in the behind.

ppatches24 (author)2011-02-18

I love it !!!!!!!

renni (author)2011-02-18

Simple ideas are the best!

About This Instructable




Bio: "Black socks and Birkenstocks do not maketh the geek. I would argue that the essence of geekitude comes from within. To the true geek, it ... More »
More by inchman:5 Times The Trash to a Single Treasure Knife (54TASTK)Adding a folding outfeed table to your shop’s table sawAnti-Keyboard Cat Attack Mat (AKCAM)
Add instructable to: