Sleep, log out, and shut down Mac shortcuts

August 20, 2018

We’ve all been there… when you need to rush out of the office, get called in to an urgent meeting, and need to leave your desk. Here are some great shortcuts, to sleep, log out or shut down your Mac quickly. ​
NOTE: You might need to press and hold some of these shortcuts for slightly longer than other shortcuts. This helps you avoid using them unintentionally. 

  • Put your Mac to sleep - Power button or Touch ID sensor: Press to turn on your Mac or wake it from sleep. Press and hold for 1.5 seconds while your Mac is awake to put your Mac to sleep. Continue holding to force your Mac to turn off.  
  • Put your Mac to sleep - Option–Command–Power button* or Option–Command–Media Eject.   
  • Put your displays to sleep - Control–Shift–Power button* or Control–Shift–Media Eject.   
  • Display a dialog asking whether you want to restart, sleep, or shut down - Control–Power button or Control–Media Eject.  
  • Force your Mac to restart, without prompting to save any open and unsaved documents - Control–Command–Power button.   
  • Quit all apps, then restart your Mac - If any open documents have unsaved changes, you will be asked whether you want to save them - Control–Command–Media Eject.   
  • Quit all apps, then shut down your Mac - Control–Option–Command–Power button* or Control–Option–Command–Media Eject - If any open documents have unsaved changes, you will be asked whether you want to save them.  
  • Log out of your macOS user account. You will be asked to confirm. To log out immediately without confirming, press Option-Shift-Command-Q - Shift-Command-Q. 


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