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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Quick shut down or restart!

A great tip submitted by Diego Carmona: quick shut down or restart! This is a pretty cool keyboard shortcut that shuts down or restarts the computer without going through the dialog box that asks if you want to sleep, restart or shut down. The running applications will still ask if you want to save before quitting. To shut down, you simply have to press "Control-Option-Command-Eject" and to restart, its "Control-Command-Eject". You can also get the dialog box with "Control-Eject". The sleep shortcut is "Option-Command-Eject". Thanks Diego for the great tip!

17 Comments:

Blogger Alexis said...

THANK YOU...!!!!

April 18, 2007 at 12:59 AM  
Blogger Roel said...

I noticed that you must hold the Eject key for one second before the shortcut works. It seems like the Eject key reacts the same way as when you press it normally (to eject a disc).

April 18, 2007 at 3:40 AM  
Blogger LX1FC said...

Thanks man for the 1sec push. I knew the command, but since a last update, it seemed to have vanished. But there it is again!

April 18, 2007 at 6:16 AM  
Blogger Lufub said...

Pressing control-eject pops up a dialog box with sleep, shutdown, restart (and cancel, of course) and then it's one click from there. Not exactly the same as this tip, but pretty close. And perhaps less error prone. :-)

April 18, 2007 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger Freeze said...

Nice! Thank you

April 18, 2007 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger Brett said...

i have been wondering if there was a short cut for this. thanks

April 18, 2007 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Diligence109 said...

lol...and I kept going through all the trouble to shut down with "cntr+F2 (bring focus to white bar at top of screen), down arrow (opens apple menu), up arrow twice to shut down, and enter twice to select and then confirm."

thanks for the tip..it had bothered me not to have a hotkey for this one for a while!

April 18, 2007 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Diligence109 said...

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April 18, 2007 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Is that why when sometimes I push the eject button to eject a disc it doesn't do anything. I have to hold it down longer?

April 18, 2007 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger MacTipper said...

You can also shut down your computer by pressing the Power Button and then pressing R, S, Cmd-./escape, and Return. (Restart, Sleep, Cancel, Shutdown)

Read more about this shortcut here.

MacTipper
My Mac Blog

April 18, 2007 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

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April 24, 2007 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

doesn't work... I tried it on my emac and tower. What am I doing wrong?

April 24, 2007 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

ohhhhhhh! the eject key! I was pressing the escape key!

April 25, 2007 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Mitch said...

ohhhhhhh! the eject key! I was pressing the escape key!

April 25, 2007 at 10:14 AM  
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April 25, 2007 at 10:15 AM  
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