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Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Second Edition by David Pogue

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Logging Out, Shutting Down

If you’re the only person who uses your Mac, finishing up a work session is simple. You can either turn off the machine or simply let it go to sleep, in any of several ways.

Sleep Mode

Apple clearly expects its customers not to shut down their machines between sessions; the company has gone to great lengths to make doing so inconvenient. (For example, pressing the Power button on most Mac models no longer offers you the option to shut down.)

That’s OK. Sleep mode consumes very little power, keeps everything you were doing open and available, and wakes up almost immediately when you press a key or click the mouse. To make your machine sleep:

  • Choose

    Sleep Mode

    Sleep.

  • Press Control-Eject (or Control-F12, if you don’t have an Eject key). In the dialog box shown in Figure 1-21, click Sleep (or type S).

  • Press the Power button on your machine. On many current models, doing so makes it sleep immediately.

  • Just walk away, confident that the Energy Saver system preference described in Section 8.10 will send the machine off to dreamland automatically at the specified time.

Restart

You shouldn’t have to restart the Mac very often—only in times of severe troubleshooting mystification, in fact. Here are a few ways to do it:

  • Choose

    Restart

    Restart. A confirmation dialog box appears; click Restart (or press Enter).

    Note

    If you press Option as you release the mouse on the

    Restart

    Restart command, you won’t be bothered by an “Are you sure?” confirmation box.

  • Press Control-

    Restart

    -Eject. (If you don’t have an Eject key, substitute F12.)

  • Press Control-Eject to summon the dialog box shown in Figure 1-21; click Restart (or type R).

Once the Shut Down dialog box appears, you can press the S key instead of clicking Sleep, R for Restart, Esc for Cancel, or Enter for Shut Down.

Figure 1-21. Once the Shut Down dialog box appears, you can press the S key instead of clicking Sleep, R for Restart, Esc for Cancel, or Enter for Shut Down.

Shut Down

To shut down your machine completely (when you don’t plan to use it for more than a couple of days, when you plan to transport it, and so on), do one of these:

  • Choose

    Shut Down

    Shut Down. A simple confirmation dialog box appears; click Shut Down (or press Enter).

    Note

    Once again, if you press Option as you release the mouse on the

    Shut Down

    Shut Down command, no confirmation box will appear.

  • Press Control-Option-

    Shut Down

    -Eject. (It’s not as complex as it looks—the first three keys are all in a tidy row to the left of the Space bar.)

  • Press Control-Eject (or Control-F12) to summon the dialog box shown in Figure 1-21. Click Shut Down (or press Enter).

Log Out

If you share your Mac, you should log out when you’re done. Doing so ensures that your stuff is safe from the evil and the clueless even when you’re out of the room. To do it, choose

Log Out

Log Out (or press Shift-

Log Out

-Q). When the confirmation dialog box appears, click Log Out (or press Enter), or just wait for two minutes. The Mac hides your world from view and displays the Sign In dialog box, ready for the next victim.

Note

Last time: If you press Option as you release the mouse on the

Log Out

Log Out command, you squelch the “Are you sure?” box.

Logging out is described in much more detail in Chapter 11.

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