How to Force Shutdown Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to force shutdown your Mac. Sometimes, your Mac may become unresponsive or freeze, and in such cases, you might need to force shutdown it. In this article, we will explore different methods to accomplish this task.

Method 1: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If your Mac is not responding, you can try using keyboard shortcuts to force shutdown it. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Press and hold the Command key (⌘), the Option key (⌥), and the Esc key simultaneously. This will open the Force Quit Applications window.
  2. Step 2: In the Force Quit Applications window, select the application that is not responding and click on the Force Quit button.
  3. Step 3: Once you have force quit the unresponsive application, go to the Apple menu located at the top-left corner of your screen and click on Sleep.
  4. Step 4: After putting your Mac to sleep, press any key or move your mouse to wake it up.

Method 2: Using Terminal

If method one doesn’t work or if you prefer using Terminal commands, you can follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open Terminal by navigating to Applications > Utilities > Terminal or searching for it using Spotlight (press Command + Spacebar and type “Terminal”).
  2. Step 2: In Terminal, type the following command and press Enter: sudo shutdown -r now. This command will force restart your Mac.
  3. Step 3: If you want to force shutdown your Mac immediately without restarting, use the following command instead: sudo shutdown -h now.
  4. Step 4: Terminal will prompt you to enter your administrator password. Type your password (you won’t see any characters as you type) and press Enter.

Method 3: Using Power Button

If both methods above fail or if your Mac is completely unresponsive, you can try using the power button to force shutdown it:

  1. Step 1: Locate the power button on your Mac. It is usually located at the top-right corner of the keyboard or on the back of an iMac.
  2. Step 2: Press and hold the power button for about 10 seconds until your Mac turns off.
  3. Step 3: Wait for a few seconds, then press the power button again to turn on your Mac.

Congratulations! You have learned different methods to force shutdown your Mac.

Remember to only use this method when necessary, as force shutting down might lead to data loss or other issues. It’s always best to save your work and close applications properly before shutting down.

I hope this article was helpful! Feel free to explore our site for more tutorials and tips on using macOS.

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