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 call the Options dialog click the gear button
() in the device menu or
in the main window.
In the left bottom corner of the Options dialog there's the Options button that
allows you to save or load all settings of the program. It's useful when you
reinstall the program or Windows or just migrate to another computer. See
this How to for details.
Contains frequently used settings or settings out of other categories
Manages appearance of the program.
- Run on Windows startupAllows to disable run of the program on Windows startup
- Power off the device after device stopping Changes default behavior
on all Windows versions since Vista which do not do not power off USB ports when
you stop a flash drive or an external hard drive. Read more
- Display surprise removal USB devices
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.
- Display all storage devices
Some storage devices (usually SATA drives) are not displayed either in USB Safely Remove
or in 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.
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.
Here you can change the skin of the device stop menu. There are several predefines
skins available, by default the program uses Win 10 Dark skin.
If you wish to create your own or alter a predefined skin read "How to use skins?"
Manages behavior of the program - program reaction on user's actions.
Lets you setup a global hotkeys to show the menu and device stopping. Read more here
Manages the behaviour of balloon tooltips, checking for updates,
- On attempt to stop a whole card reader:
What to do if a user tries to stop a card reader instead of a memory card?
- Browse device drives with:
Allows to choose default file browser.
When you click the "Browse" button () in the storage device item it browses
the drive content in Windows File Explorer by default. If you are an active user of an
alternative file manager like Total Commander or XYplorer, you can setup
the program to use it for browsing drives.
Just 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.
- Show menu on mouse hover above the system tray icon
When it's enabled (default) the program popup its device menu when you hover (and
wait) mouse over the program's systray icon. When you disable the option,
the menu will only be displayed when you click the systray icon.
You can setup here how the program controls drive letters of external drives
- Notify about connected devices on system exit
When enabled the program will remind you on logoff or shutdown if you
forget some devices in the computer. Find more details in this article:
How to remind about forgotten devices
- "Ballon tooltip" settings
"Baloon tooltips" or balloons are program notifications about events such as: device
connecting, device stopping, disconnecting or assigning the device another
drive letter, and so on.
- Show balloon tooltip Enables or disables displaying of the balloons
- Display for Allows to seetup how long the balloon is displayed on the screen
- Show tooltip for... This switch lets you specify if you wish
to display notifications about events for visible on the menu devices
only or for all devices including hidden ones.
- Automatically check for updates
Enable or disable notifications about new versions of the program
Every five days the program checks with the "safelyremove.com" webserver
to see if a newer version is released. If so, the program will
notify you that an update is available.
If you have a 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
Enable these option and fill out proxy server params 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.
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.
See also How to manage drive letters article.
Allows you to autorun programs on such events with devices as: before or
after stop, on device insertion or after removal. Unlike Local Autorun,
programs set in this tab will run for all hot-plug devices on the system.
Read more here: How to use program autorun?
Manages extended settings for the program. Currently, this tab contains one option:
- Hide drive letters when there are no media inserted
When enabled the program hides drives of empty card reader slots. Since Win10
the operating system by default doesn't show empty card reader slots in
File Explorer. But all other file managers, e.g. Total Commander is displaying
such drives so there's sense to use this option even on Win 10 if you use
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 -> "General" tab -> "Device behavior" section)
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.
- Prohibit assigning the following drive letters to hot-plug devices
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 e.g. for
- Fixed drive letter list
The list shows all drives that you have fixed to a specific letters. In
order to unfix any drive letter just select it in the list and click
"Unfix selected drive letter".
- Enable 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.