How to Open or Close Optical Drives Using a Keyboard Shortcut

Dave LeClair 03-03-2016

Many computers don’t come with optical drives anymore, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t thousands upon thousands of laptops and desktops out there with DVD/Blu-Ray/CD drives How to Play DVDs & Blu-Rays on Windows 10, Even Without a DVD Drive With the removal of Windows Media Center, it has suddenly become more difficult to play DVD and Blu-ray discs on your computer. Fortunately, you have alternatives, including third-party tools or virtual drives. Read More  still installed and available.


Windows can easily open drives, but it can’t close it once opened — you’ll have to manually do that yourself — and it also doesn’t let you do either with a keyboard shortcut The Best Keyboard Shortcuts in Default Windows Programs Keyboard shortcuts increase your productivity in any application, including the good old programs built into Windows! We show you how to cut a corner in Microsoft Paint, Calculator, and the Windows Magnifier. Read More . But fear not, there is a way to open and close your optical drive with just a couple keyboard presses.

First, download the program called Door Control right here (it’s a ZIP file containing an EXE file). There’s no weird spyware Viruses, Spyware, Malware, etc. Explained: Understanding Online Threats When you start to think about all the things that could go wrong when browsing the Internet, the web starts to look like a pretty scary place. Read More or anything, and it’s just under 2 MB.


Launch the program, and it’ll run down in the system try. Right click the icon in the tray, and then select Hot Key. Type the keyboard shortcut you want to use, and click OK.

Now, when you press your chosen combination of keys, your optical drive will open. Press it again, and it’ll close. It’s really that easy!


Do you still use an optical drive for your PC, or have you moved to just thumb drives, SD cards, and digital downloads? Let us know!

Image Credit: jammy via ShutterStock

Related topics: Keyboard Shortcuts, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Anonymous
    March 9, 2016 at 5:30 am

    Cool tool !

  2. Anonymous
    March 3, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    So silly, instructions are for Windoze PC's but the photo is a Mac Pro. LOL

  3. Truth Be Told
    March 3, 2016 at 10:32 am

    @ catester you are right

    This is pathetic post, OP !

  4. catester
    March 3, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Open File Explorer, right-click on the drive, click on Eject. No download or configuration required.

    • SkiddMarxx
      March 3, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      Ok, now close it from the keyboard...

      • Eiffel
        March 7, 2016 at 11:20 pm

        Close it with software on a laptop!