How to Restart Mac From Keyboard

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of having to manually restart your Mac using the power button? Did you know that there is a way to restart your Mac directly from the keyboard? In this tutorial, we will show you how to easily restart your Mac using only your keyboard.

Step 1: Open the Apple Menu

To get started, press Command + Option + Esc on your keyboard. This will open the Apple menu, which allows you to access various options and functions.

Step 2: Select the Restart Option

Once the Apple menu is open, use the arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate through the available options. Press down arrow key until you reach the “Restart” option. This option is usually located towards the bottom of the menu.

Step 3: Confirm Restart

To confirm that you want to restart your Mac, press the Return/Enter key. A confirmation dialog box will appear on your screen asking if you are sure about restarting your computer.


If you have any unsaved work or applications running in the background, make sure to save your work before proceeding with the restart. Restarting your Mac will close all open applications and unsaved work will be lost.

Step 4: Wait for Restart

After confirming that you want to restart your Mac, all open applications will be closed and any unsaved work will be lost. Your Mac will then begin its restart process automatically. This may take a few moments, so please be patient.


If for any reason you change your mind and decide not to proceed with restarting, you can press the Escape key (Esc) on your keyboard to cancel the restart process.

Step 5: Mac Restarted

Once the restart process is complete, your Mac will boot up and you will be presented with the login screen. You can now log in and continue using your Mac as usual.

Congratulations! You have successfully restarted your Mac using only your keyboard. This handy trick can save you time and effort, especially if you prefer to navigate through your computer without using a mouse or trackpad.


If for some reason the keyboard shortcut mentioned earlier does not work on your Mac, you can also try pressing Control + Command + Power button or Control + Option + Command + Power button. These alternative shortcuts should trigger a restart on most Mac models.

  • Note: The exact keyboard shortcut may vary depending on the model and operating system version of your Mac. Therefore, it is always a good idea to check the official Apple documentation or support website for specific instructions related to your Mac model.
  • Note: Restarting your Mac is different from shutting it down completely. If you want to shut down your Mac instead of restarting it, simply select the “Shut Down” option from the Apple menu instead of “Restart”.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in teaching you how to restart your Mac using only your keyboard. Remember to save any unsaved work before restarting, and feel free to explore more keyboard shortcuts available on macOS for an efficient computing experience!

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