how to make imac ask if you want to shutdown, restart,sleep when press the power btn

Discussion in 'iMac' started by voodoofish, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. voodoofish macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2004
    sorry if this has been asked before, but i searched and couldn't find anything. i also wasn't sure whether to put this under an OS X thread, but i only have the problem on my imac, not on my old powerbook or my macbook air. on those laptops i got used to be able to press the power button and have it come up asking me if i want to restart, sleep or shutdown. on my imac whenever i pressed the power button it went to sleep. so far this was ok, but sometimes when my computer stops responding proparly on the laptops pressing the power button and then shut down allowed by to shut the computer down proparly (without just holding the power button down) and then turn the computer on again. so i was looking how to make my imac come up with the prompt when pressing the power button, and found something that said to go to system preferences > energy saver > options and then uncheck "allow power button to sleep the computer". i have done that, but now when i press the power button nothing happens - the computer doesn't go to sleep or come up with the dialog (unless of course i hold the button down for 5 seconds, but that just cuts the power rather than shuts down the computer)

    i've searched on google could find a few sites where people said pressing the power button should come up with that dialog, but can't find anywhere where it tells you how to make your mac come up with the dialog - does anyone know how to do this?
  2. billmister macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2007
    if you need to shut down your computer press i believe comand, control, alt (the three buttone to the left of the keyboard) and Eject, that will shut down your computer.

    To make the sleep, shut down, option come up, i only know if you manually go to the apple and shut down it will say it will shut down in ___ seconds.
  3. meta macrumors newbie


    Jun 7, 2008
    Michigan, USA
  4. rfanch3r macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2008
    Actually I think what you are looking for is in the power mamagement section, when pressing the power button you can have it do different things, there was a post a while back on here about some mean work employee's shutting off his mac thinking it was funny asking the same thing.

    Someone correct me if I am wrong.
  5. aa909 macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2008
    had a similar question for Apple Care

    Just got off the phone with apple care, they said the "dialogue box" is only accessible on imacs via the drop down menu :apple: or via "control + eject". The Power button on imacs puts it to sleep or if held for 10 secs cuts off power.

    I pressed him on the matter mentioning that the iMac manual (page 16) says the power button prompts the dialogue box, his response was the manual was mistaken, the dialogue box is only accessible via the power button for portables.

    So now either the operator is on crack or apple has printing errors in their manuals. The machine functions as the operator claims and I haven't experienced any other issues so I guess apple's print editors are asleep on Jobs ;)

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