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How to Shut Down a Mac Computer With the Keyboard

Shutting down a Mac computer using the keyboard can be done in a few different ways, depending on the macOS version and your preferences. Here’s how you can shut down your Mac using keyboard shortcuts:

1. Use the Power Button:

  • Briefly press the Power button (or Touch ID button on some MacBook models) to bring up the dialog box with options to Restart, Sleep, or Shut Down. You might need to press Control + Power button on some Mac models to bring up this dialog. Once the dialog appears, you can press the R key to restart, S to sleep, or Enter to shut down.

2. Use the Control + Option + Command + Power/Eject:

  • Pressing Control + Option + Command + Power/Eject keys all at the same time will shut down your Mac immediately without a confirmation dialog. Be cautious with this method as you will not be prompted to save any unsaved work.

3. Use the Apple Menu with Keyboard Shortcuts:

  • Press Control + F2 (or Fn + Control + F2 on some keyboards) to move focus to the menu bar.
  • Then use the Arrow keys to navigate to the Apple menu.
  • Press Enter to open the Apple menu, then use the Arrow keys to navigate to the “Shut Down…” option and press Enter.
  • If you need to confirm, press the Spacebar or Enter again.

4. Use the Terminal:

  • Press Command + Space to open Spotlight Search.
  • Type Terminal and hit Enter to open it.
  • Type the shutdown command sudo shutdown -h now and press Enter. You will need to enter your administrator password to proceed. This command shuts down the system immediately.

5. Create a Custom Shortcut:

macOS doesn’t have a built-in keyboard shortcut for shutting down directly, but you can create a custom one using Automator or by setting a shortcut for a script that executes the shutdown command.

6. Use the Command + Option + Esc, then Control + Eject:

  • Press Command + Option + Esc to bring up the Force Quit Applications window, but don’t force quit anything.
  • Without closing this window, press Control + Power/Eject. This can sometimes prompt the shutdown or restart/sleep dialog.

Important Note:

It’s crucial to save all your work before attempting to shut down your Mac using keyboard shortcuts, especially those that do not present a confirmation dialog, as you will lose any unsaved changes in open applications.

Since macOS is updated regularly, shortcuts may change or new ones may be added, so it’s always a good idea to check the latest information from Apple or in your Mac’s System Preferences under Keyboard → Shortcuts.

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