Here’s how to restart your Mac

If your Mac is unresponsive, runs slowly, programs do not run properly, or exhibits other abnormal behavior, sometimes all it takes is a restart. Here are a few different ways you can do this.

Restart your Mac from the Apple menu

The quickest (and easiest) way to restart your Mac is to use the Power Options from the Apple menu on the desktop. First, select the “Apple” icon in the upper left corner of the computer’s user interface.

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Select the “Restart” button in the menu that appears.

Restart your Mac from the Apple menu

Your Mac will now restart. Give your computer a minute to restart and most of your delays or small issues should (hopefully) be resolved.

Restart your Mac from Terminal

If you are a little more technical, you can use the Terminal to restart your Apple computer. Go ahead and open the terminal. You can do this by pressing Command + Spacebar at the same time to open Spotlight Search, typing “Terminal” in the search bar, and then selecting the “Terminal” app from the results.

Open the Terminal Mac

You can now restart your Mac. Remember that you have the “sudo“Command here. Otherwise, you will be greeted by the error message shown below.

No superuser message


the sudo The (superuser do) command gives you superuser security rights.

To restart your Mac, type the following command:

Sudo shutdown -r <time>

Substitute <time> with the specific time you want to restart your Mac. If you want to do it right now, enter now. If you want it to restart in an hour, give +60.

Press Enter and then enter your Mac’s password when prompted.

Restart command

Your Mac will now restart at the specified time.

Force restart your Mac

If your cursor is frozen and your Mac is not responding, you can force a restart. Keep in mind that if you force a restart, you will likely lose any unsaved data in documents you are working on.

To force a restart, hold down the Ctrl + Command + Power keys at the same time until your computer screen goes blank. Your Mac will restart after a few seconds.

Alternatively, if you’re using an iMac or other Mac tower with a physical power button, you can long-press the button until your display goes black.

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