Shutdown with the power button

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  1. macstatic macrumors 6502a

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    I've recently bought a mid-2012 Macbook Pro but I find it strange that I can't turn it off by pressing the power button. With my old Powerbook I could do that.

    I can however turn it on by pressing the power button, likewise can I put it to sleep by pressing the button briefly, so the button itself seems to be fine. Is there a hidden setting for this somewhere? I'm running OSX 10.9.4.
     
  2. SarcasticJoe macrumors 6502a

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    Are you sure you've pressed the button for long enough?

    Never had to do that on my early 2011 machine, but the 2007 machine I had before that shut down just fine when you pressed and helf the button long enough.
     
  3. macstatic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't want to do a forced shutdown (at least that's what pressing it down for several seconds on my Powerbook did), but a regular shutdown like in the Apple menu.
    On my Powerbook, when pressing it briefly I got the "Are you sure you want to shut down your computer now?" and I could press RETURN to shut it down.
    I think a very brief press made the Powerbook go to sleep. I haven't quite figured out the Macbook Pro yet as it seems to be different.
     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    In Mavericks, pressing the power button does nothing, pressing it down for a bit longer puts it into sleep, and pressing it down for several seconds causes a forced shutdown.

    The power button does not bring up the prompt anymore.
     
  5. macstatic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for clearing that up.
    I've always preferred keyboard shortcuts to the mouse. Are there modifications, tweaks, hacks or add-on apps that allow you to get that feature back?
    Anyone know how this will work in Yosemite?
     
  6. chabig macrumors 68040

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    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5869

    - Tap the power button once to put your Mac to sleep.
    - Tap the power button again to wake your Mac.
    - Press and hold the power button for 1.5 to 2 seconds to see additional options.
    - If your keyboard includes a Media Eject key (eject symbol), you can also access this shut down dialog by pressing the Control and Media Eject keys simultaneously. If your Mac doesn't have a Media Eject key, hold down the Control key and tap the power button once to bring up the same dialog
    - Hold down the power button for 5 seconds to force the computer to turn off.
     
  7. macstatic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You're completely right!
    The trick is to press and hold the power button until the "do you want to shut down?" etc options come up, then let go. I assume that keeping the button pressed down after that message has popped up will continue with a forced power off.
     
  8. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68020

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    CTRL+Power button brings up the shutdown/sleep/restart menu instantly, like it used to come up.

    I believe this change has been in effect since Mountain Lion.
     
  9. macstatic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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