How to Force Quit on Mac

How to Shut Down Mac – Easy Tutorial

You may wish to shut down your Mac if you know you will not need to use you computer for quite some time or perhaps your king has been put into check via your Macs geeky chess wizard and you need time for a breather. Either way Shutting down your Mac, also referred to as ‘Turning Off’ your Mac, could not be more simple…

There are Four main ways to turn off your Mac, all of which are supa dupa easy.

shut down Mac

Shut Down Mac Option One
1.) Scroll your cursor up to the mini Apple icon located on the top left of your tool bar.
2.) From the drop down menu select ‘Shut down.’
3.) A pop up window will appear confirming you want to shut down your computer. You have a ‘Cancel’ option and a go ahead ‘Shut Down’ button. There is a time limit on this, so if your finger is feeling too fatigued to select an option, your machine will automatically close down in two minutes.

Shut Down Mac Option Two
1.) With this option it is time to impress your parents and get fancy with your finger work…. At the same time press down the Control and Eject keys.
2.) This time a new popup window displaying the buttons ‘Restart’, ‘Sleep’, ‘Cancel’ and ‘Shut Down’ will appear.
3.) Select the Shut Down option and hey presto, your Mac will turn off.

Shut Down Mac Option Three
1.) This method is the easiest out the lot. This time all you need to do is gently press the power button. (For MacBooks, Mac Pros and most iMacs this will be located at the top by the side of your keyboard.)
2.) The same popup window as in option two will show. Again go ahead and click on the Shut Down button.

Shut Down Mac Option Four – Force Shut Down

With the ‘Force Shut Down’ option everything that is open and running – programs, movies, music etc will all shut down automatically along side your computer. I do not recommend you use this fast turn off route as your normal way to close your machine down, but it is great if your Mac has frozen and refuses to respond to any of your commands. However before this drastic instruction, if you suspect that your Mac is acting up due to a program you are running then it is best to ‘Force Quit’ (Please refer to our article on ‘How to Force Quit on Mac’ for the step-by-step tutorial) that particular program first to see if that fixes the issue. If that fails then by all mean try a Force Shut Down.

How to Force Shut Down your Mac

How to Force Quit on Mac

The fastest way to do a force shut down on Mac is to press and hold down the power button. After a few seconds you will hear and little noise that sounds like the power has been cutoff and the screen will go black. Don’t panic your machine will be perfectly fine the next time you reboot it, which you can do straight after it turns off it you wish.

Alternatively if a nosey colleague is looking over your shoulder and you want to show off your nifty finger work again, you can also Force shut down your Mac with this keyword sort cut – Press the Control+Option+Command+Eject.

Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker

Chef Author at MacNerdy.com
Hi I'm Sophie, Chef Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly 🙂
Sophie Tucker

Latest posts by Sophie Tucker (see all)

Published by

Sophie Tucker

Hi I'm Sophie, Chef Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly :)