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How to: Shut Down, Restart, And Sleep Your Mac With Keystrokes
Did you know that you can shut down, restart, and sleep your Mac by only using keystrokes?
Apple’s knowledge base article: HT2448 details the keyboard combinations. An excerp is included below:
The dialog box “Are you sure you want to shut down your computer now?” appears with options to Restart, Sleep, Cancel or Shut Down. After the dialog appears, press the R key to Restart, press the S key to Sleep, press the Esc key to Cancel, or press the Return key to Shut Down.
Quits all applications (after giving you a chance to save changes to open documents) and restarts the computer.
Quits all applications (after giving you a chance to save changes to open documents) and shuts the computer down.
Puts the computer to sleep.
Puts all displays to sleep.
Power button (if the computer is not responding)
Press and hold the power button on the computer for six seconds to shut down the computer.