Force restart, no matter what

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by qtrim, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. qtrim macrumors regular


    Oct 7, 2011
    I love my MacMini, but I find it infuriating when I use the normal commands to tell it to restart and it just hangs. I often have to get up and manually push the power button for five seconds. Is there some button combo that tells the OS to forget everything else and just restart?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    control + powerbutton I think is one option.

    Another is the terminal command
    sudo shutdown -r now

    Tbh, I never do this, as I try to let the apps exit gracefully, i.e., I don't lose or corrupt my data.
  3. grahamperrin macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007
    Command-Control-power button​

    – that's similar in effect to holding down the power button for five seconds (forcing the Mac to power off). The combination of keys with the power button should force a restart.

    If you're unlucky, it'll not restart. If this happens, force it off.

    OS X: Keyboard shortcuts – Apple Support


    I think it's good practice to precede that type of thing with a run of sync(8).

    Have you posted details anywhere? (I couldn't see it amongst topics begun by you.)

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