How to Restart a Mac Computer

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Restarting a Mac computer is a simple task that can help to resolve various issues or refresh the system. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to restart your Mac using different methods.

Method 1: Restart from the Apple Menu

If you prefer using the graphical interface, restarting your Mac from the Apple menu is a straightforward option.

  1. Click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen.

  2. A dropdown menu will appear. Select the “Restart” option.

  3. A confirmation window will pop up. Click “Restart” to proceed.

Method 2: Restart Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you’re more inclined towards using keyboard shortcuts, this method is for you.

  • Press and hold the “Control” key on your keyboard.

  • While holding down the “Control” key, simultaneously press and hold the “Eject” button or “Power” button (depending on your Mac model) until a dialog box appears.

  • In the dialog box, select “Restart“.


The keyboard shortcut method may vary depending on your Mac model. Some models may require different combinations of keys such as “Control + Option + Command + Power/Eject“. Make sure to refer to your specific model’s documentation for accurate instructions.

Method 3: Force Restarting Your Mac

If your Mac becomes unresponsive or freezes, a force restart can help resolve the issue. However, it should be used as a last resort, as force restarting may lead to potential data loss.

To force restart your Mac:

  1. Press and hold the “Power” button until your Mac turns off.

  2. Wait for a few seconds, then press the “Power” button again to turn it back on.


Force restarting should only be done when absolutely necessary, as it may interrupt any ongoing processes and potentially cause data corruption. Always try to save your work and close applications properly before resorting to a force restart.

By following these methods, you can easily restart your Mac computer using different options available. Remember to choose the appropriate method based on your preferences or the situation at hand. Regularly restarting your Mac can help maintain its performance and resolve various software-related issues.

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