USB Safely Remove has well thought-out user interface which allows most users
to comfortably work with the program immediatelly after its installation,
without any additional actions.
However everyone is unique and has his own choice and working style. Therefore,
USB Safely Remove allows to change virtually every aspect of the program.
To change the program options call the Options dialog via the device stop menu or
the main window ( button).
Contains frequently used settings or settings out of other categories
Manages exterior of the program.
- Allows to disable run of the program on Windows startup
- Allows to power off devices on stopping.
Changes default behavior
of Windows Vista and Seven which do not do not power off USB ports when
you stop a flash drive or an external hard drive. Read more
- Allows the program to display ALL USB devices, even those that do not need to be stopped before device removal.
When this option is enabled, the program shows only those devices which
report to the system that they need to be stopped before disconnection.
Why is this option needed?
- Some devices report to the Operating System that they can be removed
without stopping the device before removal. However, a device may actually
need to be stopped before removal, because some important data which was
transmitted to (or from) the device may be lost. An example of such a
device is a USB programmer.
- Some HID devices (mice, keyboards, trackballs) sometimes enter an
incorrect state - they stop reacting to the user's actions. Physically
disconnecting and reconnecting the device may help in this case. However,
if the device is located in a hard-to-get-to place, it is a good idea to
stop this device and then "Return device back" from the program.
some people simply feel more confident if they can see and control all
USB devices connected to the computer.
- Lets you display all storage devices
For some devices, those devices cannot be seen either in USB Safely Remove
or the native Windows safe removal tool. Enable this option and you will
see all storage devices, even non hot-swappable items (such as your IDE
drives). You can then hide any devices which do not need to be displayed
from the stop menu and leave only the required ones.
- Lets you change the program language
The program speaks about 40 languages. If you cannot find
your native language in the list, or you think the program has bad wording,
feel free to notify us.
On this page you can find the option to change skin. There are few predefined skins available, such as:
- Allows to display native "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the system tray.
By default the program hides this icon.
- Lets you hide the program icon, when there are no devices in the menu to be stopped.
- You can choose which size of device icons you want to see in the stopping
menu: Small, Large or Extra large.
- Allows the program to display the number of visible devices on the device menu in the system tray icon.
- Use this option to display or hide names of storage devices.
- Storage device volumes can be displayed in the stopping menu or can be hidden from it using this option.
- Check this option to make the program stopping menu simlier.
- Allows you to sort devices in the stopping menu by drive letter, device name and drive label.
You can find out how to use predefined skins or make your own skin here: How to use skins?
Manages the program behaviour - program reaction on user's actions.
- "Default" - is a default skin, which is built into the program body.
- "Classic" - a skin simulated Windows Classic Scheme.
- "Black Contrast" - a black contrast skin, which is helpful for low-seeing people.
- "Black Velvet" - is an additional black skin with soft shades of color.
- "Win8ModernUI" - Windows 8 Modern UI style skin. Set by default on Windows 8.
Lets you setup a global hotkey to stop devices as well as a way of
stopping. Read more here
Manages the behaviour of balloon tooltips, checking for updates,
- What to do if a user tries to stop a card reader instead of a memory card?
- How do I select the desired File Browser?
When you choose the "Browse Drive" item in the context menu for that
device, or press the Ctrl-B key combination for that device, Windows
Explorer is used as the default browser.
If you prefer to use an alternative file manager, select the "An alternative
manager" option and enter the required command-line argument for the file
manager in the field below. Use %drive% as the value for the selected
drive. The program will replace %drive% with the drive letter of the
For example this line:
C:\Program Files\totalcmd\TOTALCMD.EXE %drive%
allows you to browse the selected drive letter in a newly launched copy of Total Commander.
For your convenience we have implemented an integration with Total Commander,
one of the most popular file managers. Just choose an item in the
menu which is launched by pressing "?" button, and the program will
generate a required parameter combination by itself to open a drive
on the right or left panel of a running Total Commander. The only
thing you must do is to specify a path to Total Commander executable.
- Allows to disable\enable poping up of the device menu
Manages drive letters of hot-plug devices.
- Settings for balloon tooltips
"Baloon tooltips" are program notifications about events such as: device
connecting, device stopping, disconnecting or assigning the device another
drive letter, and so on.
- The "Show balloon tooltip" check box enables or
disables whether or not toolstips near the icon in the system tray are
- If the check box below is enabled, you can also specify a time
interval for displaying tooltips on the screen.
- As well, you can
specify which device types display tooltips - such as only for those
items displayed in the stop menu, or for all devices (both displayed
- Settings of auto check for updates
- Enable\disable notifications about new versions of the program
Every 5 days the program checks with the "safelyremove.com" webserver
to see if a newer version has been released. If so, the program will
notify you that an update is available.
If you have firewall software, it may automatically configure itself
to work properly with the "safelyremove.com" update check.
If so, all is well. However, if the update check does not work properly,
you may have to manually configure your firewall software to open
the required connection to the "safelyremove.com" webserver.
Please use the following parameters:
Note: When checking for updates, the program only connects to
this host and port! If you notice the program trying to connect to
any other host or port, it may be infected with a virus. If
suspicious activity is present, please check all files in the
program with your antivirus software.
- Connection type: outcoming
- Port: 80
- Protocol: TCP (HTTP)
- Remote server: safelyremove.com
- Proxy server settings
You should enable these settings only if you are connected to the Internet
via a proxy server. These settings will be used by the "check for updates"
and the error reporting mechanisms.
You should set up this settings only if you are connected to the Internet
via proxy server. These settings will be used by the "check for updates"
and the error reporting mechanisms.
- Enable this check box if you are running under a proxy server.
If you are not familiar with the configuration requirements for your
proxy server, check with your network administrator for the proper
- As an example, the following are a set of standard parameters for
a proxy server connection. If your web browser already works properly
with your proxy server, you can copy the settings from your browser's
network settings option dialog box to this dialog box.
- Once the changes to the settings are complete and ready to be
saved, you can use the "test connection" button to check if the proxy
settings are correct. If the connection to the safelyremove.com server
with the specified proxy settings does not work properly, you will be
informed of the error.
Enables you to launch programs on events with devices: before\after stopping, on connecting, or after removal. Unlike Local Autorun, this allows you to launch programs not only for a certain device, but for all hot-plug devices on the system.
Read more about setting it up here: How to use program autorun?
Manages extended settings for the program. Currently, this tab contains one option:
- Automatically hides drives of empty card reader slots
- This option affects only card reader devices, that is
devices detected as a card reader by the program automatically,
or with an option "Yes, it's a card reader" manually set in the
properties of the device.
Device properties -> "Common" tab -> Item 5
If an option was enabled and you are disabling it, the program returns
to the system all "empty" drives. You can use it, for example, to
temporarily return all drives into the system.
- Once you deinstall the program, it also returns all "empty" drives to the system
Once you close the program it does not return drives of empty slots
into the system. So if you insert a memory card into the slot that was
empty (and its drive was hidden by the program), while the program is
not working, the inserted memory card will be unavailabe in the system!
Just run the program and it makes the memory card available in the system.
- Prevents assigning specified drive letters to hot-plug devices
All letters you have specified in this field will not be assigned to
hot-plug devices. It is useful if you want to reserve this letters for
- The "Fixed drive letter list" shows what drive letter have been fixed
and what device and volume owns it. In order to unfix any drive letter just select it
in the list and click "Unfix selected drive letter".
- Enable\disable verbose logging.
If the program becomes unstable on your computer, or does not display the required
devices, or you just displayed an error notification, we would appreciate it if
you enable this option and then work with the program in whatever way is required
so the bug you have discovered shows up. Once you have the verbose log of the
problem, then send us a bug-report from the "Report a bug" option on the Main Menu.
Read more at topic: How to send a note or a feature request.
After you have sent us a report, we recommend disabling the verbose logging option.
While this option makes the program write lots of useful bugfix information in
the log you send to us, the log grows very quickly with verbose logging enabled.