Accidentally pressing power button on keyboard--solution?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ancilla, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. ancilla macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2011
    Anyone hate that the power button is part of the keyboard, rather than a separate button distant from the normal keyboard keys?

    I keep pressing it by mistake, and get the "do you want to go into sleep mode" dialog box.

    Is there a solution? Options that would work for me are:
    -Make it so that I have to hold it down for 2 seconds.
    -Remapping the button to something more useful
    -Disable it altogether.

    Thanks in advance :)
  2. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
    How would remapping it to something more useful help you when you're pressing it by accident?

    I'm not aware of a way to remap the power button.
  3. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

    May 4, 2012
    I'd be embarrassed to start a thread about this. Yeah, there's a solution. Quit hitting the the Power key. Geez.
  4. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    I thought it already does that. I find that if I just tap it accidentally, it does not do anything.
  5. LastLine macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    The solution here's simple, learn to type.
  6. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    what i hate about that is when i was cleaning the keyboard on my macbook air, i always accidentally pressed the power button and the computer turned on.
  7. mattpreston11 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2007
    Yeah I hate it when I press a power button and the device turns on.
  8. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    It's almost as if Apple purposely designed the power button to turn the computer on. The bloody cheek of 'em
  9. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    There seems to be a lot of people out there who accidentally hit the delete and power button on the keyboard. I am not sure what is going on there in the upper right-hand corner, but I do think Apple would have been better off with a power button like that found on the MBP.

    It has never been an issue for me, and it is difficult for me to imagine making that kind of mistake, but it would be interesting to hear how many of these people are touch-typists.
  10. JonLa macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2009
    Difficult to get used to if you've moved from a windows laptop but you'll get there - I did. at least it brings up a menu for you, rather than just turning the thing off!
  11. LordVic macrumors 601

    Sep 7, 2011
    Learn to type.;)
  12. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68020

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    Exactly! My last work Dell would just shut off. Wouldn't ask you to save data or anything, it just powered down! My newest work Dell automatically goes to sleep if I hit the power switch now. Sucks because it takes forever to go to sleep, then forever again (plus password) to wake up again.
  13. ancilla thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2011
    Sorry, but the placement is just dumb.

    How often do you hit the power key on a Macbook? I never use it unless there's a kernel panic and I have to hard reset.
  14. RocketRed macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2012
    I never hit the power key by accident.

    Why don't you put a sticker on the power key... say neon colored so when you look at the keyboard when typing, you'll learn to not hit the power key by chance?
  15. bumper314, Jun 23, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2012

    bumper314 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2009
    [SOLVED] PowerBlock by Irradiated Software

    Here, I banged out a quick application that specifically blocks the power button.

    I call it PowerBlock and it works on 10.5+


    If someone could volunteer an app icon for it, that would be great. I just found something on the net real quick...
  16. glen e macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    This threat voted most Obama nanny oriented post of the week.

    "Oh please big gov, protect me from my power button"

  17. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

    May 4, 2012
    How about a dunce cap or a picture of Mayor Bloomberg?
  18. powsucks macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
    Hmm strange. I've never pressed it by accident. Don't see how it's possible. First world problems though, I suppose.
  19. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

    May 4, 2012
    Remarkably ignorant statement. Attributing the ridiculous complaint of one person to an entire population. Try posting something relevant to the MacBook Air next time.
  20. Dave00 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2003
    This is great! I've been looking for something like this for a long time. Those with kids probably have experienced the same thing I have - they love to press the power button, since it has the same appearance as the home button on the iPad/iPhone. Thanks! Only bug appears to be that the startup screen won't go away unless you click on the web site. Maybe it's not a bug. :)
  21. still in school macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2009
    years ago we had REAL problems to worry about, like hinge and heat issues. now we're worried about where the power button is? wow...
  22. fedup flyer macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2008
    Maybe just cutting off the offending appendage would solve the OP's non-problem.
  23. powsucks macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
    WOW. I'm guessing you're not aware of the common phrase? It's a joke, meant in jest. You know, to make light of a situation. It's not applying to an "entire population", it's aimed at an individual. Try to calm down. Don't take the internet too seriously. Don't take these forums too seriously. Enjoy life and be happy. Don't look for any excuse to fly off the rail.

    However, if you look at your only two posts on this thread prior to your wild overreaction.

    "I'd be embarrassed to start a thread about this. Yeah, there's a solution. Quit hitting the the Power key. Geez."

    "How about a dunce cap or a picture of Mayor Bloomberg? "

    Considering you told me to "Try posting something relevant to the MacBook Air next time". The irony is fantastcally aparent.

    Anyway, have a wonderful existence, full of prime opportunities to be angry, unreasonable and generally not understand a lighthearted comment when you see one.

    Lots of love.
  24. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

    May 4, 2012
    Gotta love people who claim they were just joking when called on a post, as if they simply forgot to use a smilie. Right. Oh, my posts were relevant to this thread, your 'joke' post was not.
  25. powsucks, Jun 24, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2012

    powsucks macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
    Oh no! I didn't use a smiley. I broke one of the rules internet! You must be so angry... I never use smileys, they are idiotic. But I'll let you win, so you can move onto your next internet battle! OK darling, love you lots. Kisses.

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