If you are a long term Windows user, you right-click everything.  That right-click menu offers a lot of options, and it is comforting to see everything that you can do at any given time.  Heck… you can often Shift-right-click and get even MORE options.

There is an interesting place within Windows where the right-click adds much more complexity, and I’ll bet you’ve been using it forever :)

Safety removing hardware (for safely removing external hard drives, USB keys, etc).

Tell me if this sequence of actions looks familiar…  You right-click on the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon in the system tray,

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You get the “Safely Remove Hardware” window, where you select the USB Mass Storage Device” and hit Stop.

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Next comes the “Stop a Hardware device” window that has your single device listed in 3 different ways.  Select one, hit “OK”, and your device is finally ready to unplug from your computer.

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A mere right-click, left click, left click, left click, left click, left click.

If only there were a better way!  It turns out there is, and it has been staring you in the face the whole time ;)  Simply LEFT click at the very beginning, and you can directly remove the device without having to navigate through a ton of windows.

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It’s that easy.  (I believe this behavior goes back several versions of Windows, although I’m not going to move off of Windows 7 to check for you ;)

Good news… In Windows 7, both left AND right-clicking gives you the same menu :)

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