Accidentally pressing power button on keyboard--solution?

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

  1. ancilla macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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 68040

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    Learn to type.;)
     
  12. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68000

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    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

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    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

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    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
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    [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+

    PowerBlock

    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

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    This threat voted most Obama nanny oriented post of the week.

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


    Sheesh.......
     
  17. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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
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    powsucks macrumors member

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    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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