refers to shutting down the computer, the process of powering down the computer

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Is Shutting Down An iMac Or Mac Mini Really Necessary?

In today's age with low power standby modes & the advanced OS X that is Mountain Lion, it is simpler than ever to go for long periods (perhaps months) without shutting down your iMac (and possibly ...
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How can I forcibly shut down my Mac at an appointed time?

I'm looking for an auto shutdown app that will forcefully shut down the computer at an appointed time. The most important part of this is that the shutdown should not be cancelable (unless the ...
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Is it necessary to eject external drives before logging out, restarting, or shutting down?

Is it necessary or recommended practice to eject external drives before logging out, restarting, or shutting down? (The drives are not being unplugged.) BTW, I am aware that I need to eject my ...
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Uncheck “Reopen windows when logging back in” by default

The shutdown/restart dialog has a check-box Reopen windows when logging back in which is checked by default. I need to change its behavior to be unchecked by default. Is this possible? If yes, how can ...
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How to check what is preventing MBP from graceful shutdown/restart and fix it? [Now with log entries]

And hopefully really final edit: After upgrading to Mountain Lion, the issue seems fixed, hopefully permanently. Final Edit: The problem doesn't happen all the time, sometimes I have to wait several ...
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Is there a better way to shutdown/restart OSX?

Whenever I want to shutdown/restart OSX I click on the menu, select shutdown, and then click the box for not saving the session, and then click OK. Then there's always at least one program that ...
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Terminal command to bring up shutdown dialog?

I know how to shutdown a Mac from Terminal, but is there a way to actually bring up the shutdown dialog you get from Apple → Shut Down…?
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Turning off or restarting iPhone if lock button is broken?

Now that I know how to lock the iPhone if the lock button is broken, I was wondering how I can restart the phone or turn it off. The lock button is completely unresponsive and holding it down does ...
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OSX : Cancel the shutdown sequence

Let's suppose a case where I accidentally start the shutdown sequence of OSX (wrong shortcut, wrong menu item click in the Apple Menu, App asking for a reboot etc.) Is there a way to cancel the ...
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Xserve shuts itself off and boots at will

Okay, there's a lot of smart Mac guys here, so lets see if any of you can figure out this stumper. Our Xserve G4 (RackMac1,1) went incommunicado a few years ago was left in this state until I pulled ...
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Is there a way to force Mac OS X to close all the applications when restarting?

I sometimes shut down my Mac, and I cannot wait it shuts down because I am urgently requested to do something in another office that would require some hours. In some cases, an application that opens ...
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Warn if a Time Machine backup is still in progress before shutting down or sleeping a Mac

Before I shut down or sleep my Mac, I want to be warned if a Time Machine backup is still in progress. Is there such a thing? Or at least something that makes it very obvious that a backup is in ...
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Your computer can't be shut down now, because software is being installed

I was trying to install Microsoft Office 2011 when the installer hanged (and it is not going anywhere, I waited about 12 hours before trying to reboot this macbook). Now I can't restart this macbook ...
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For least power usage, should I turn off or put my Mac to sleep?

If I'm not going to be using my Mac for a while, am I better off shutting it down completely or just putting it to sleep? Obviously it uses more power to "sleep" than to be off completely, but it ...
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Using The Terminal Command to Shutdown, Restart and Sleep My Mac?

I'm getting more interested in using Terminal as an alternative way to address solutions on my Mac. I have seen this question entitled "Is there a better way to shutdown/restart OSX?". I would ...
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How often should one shutdown a Macbook instead of just closing the lid?

I have found contradictory opinions on this. Some say Windows users tend to shut down but that it is not necessary, and I tend to do that too. Others say it is preferable to shut down, as it does not ...
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How can I prevent accidentally quitting an application?

I use Adium, but if I set a "Quit Confirmation" in the advanced preferences, it cancels log out. If I don't, it is way too easy to quit it, since it gets focused between apps sometimes. Is there any ...
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Is it possible to shut down an Ipod nano 6th generation?

If yes, how? If no, why such a decision?
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What does Mail do when you try to quit it?

For some reason, Mail takes significantly longer than most of my other apps to quit. It might become unresponsive for a period of time after I hit [command]+[q] before it actually quits. What is ...
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How do I power off my Mac with the Mavericks OS?

Since downloading OS X Mavericks my power button just puts my Mac to sleep. I want to know how to power off and restart.
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How do I find the log for the shutdown process?

I've done some Googling and nowhere do I find where you can log the shutdown process. The best I've found is a log where it states when the shutdown process begins but that's all. My computer is ...
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Is there a safe way to shut down a Mac that doesn't have a keyboard or mouse?

I'm trying to safely shutdown a Mac desktop that does not have a keyboard or mouse connected to it any more, after hardware damage to the only keyboard and mouse in the house. It also does not have ...
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MACPro restarts one second after shutdown if USB Hub is connected - Why?

i have added a USB3.0 PCIe card (Inateck KTU3FR-4P USB 3.0 expresskarte 4 port) to my Mac (MacPro Early 2008, OS X 10.8.4 (12E55)) ...with this all is working as it should, no problems with shutdown. ...
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What is Shutdown Cause -108?

My rMBP 15" just shut down by itself when idling, screen turned off. When I rebooted it, I checked the Console to see why it shut down, and found this message: 10/27/12 1:21:36.000 AM kernel[0]: ...
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Macbook Pro random shutdown

Has anyone experienced this problem? Does anyone have a solution? I have scoured the internets for solutions and found many different answers. I am on a Macbook Pro 6,1. The one that has worked for me ...
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How to have my MacBook Pro safely hibernate when out of juice?

My all new MacBook Pro was on the battery, and warned me that the battery was almost finished. I left the Mac take care of himself. Later, I plugged the Mac and I pressed the button Power. Hearing the ...
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Shutdown without and close all windows from terminal

If I shutdown/reboot from Menu I get an option of saving state of open windows or not, but if I issue a command from terminal say shutdown -h now it will shutdown remembering all open windows, how can ...
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Mac asked me to force shutdown my laptop

I've never seen that. A kind of shade slowly took over my screen and a message asked me to hold the power button until the macbook shuts down. Here is the error report: Interval Since Last Panic ...
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How can I close apps properly/shutdown the system via ssh?

I need to know if there's a proper way to close apps via ssh and if it's posible shut down the system without the sudo halt or sudo init 0 (because I think those ways are not good for the system when ...
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MacBook Air attempting to shutdown after a couple of seconds of inactivity

I have a a MacBook Air that works fine except popping up a shutdown dialog if left untouched for a couple of seconds (seems to be a consistent duration around 3 seconds or so). Hitting Cancel or Esc ...
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MacBook Pro shuts down when unplugged

I have a late 2008 MacBook Pro work computer. Here's the sequence of events: I fully charge the battery I unplug the Mac from the power cable The Mac immediately shuts down Before unplugging the ...
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Run script before restart/shutdown

Is it possible to execute a script/command right before OS X is shutting down or restarting? I'd like to run sudo apachectl stop to stop apache from auto-starting.
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How to automatically close an app when I shut down the mac?

My father would always scold me that so many applications are open when he turns on the computer which he says consumes computer memory. I always forget to close the app by right -clicking>quit Is ...
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How can I shut down using keyboard shortcut and not reopen windows on login?

I upgraded from OS X 10.6 to OS X 10.8 a few days ago. I find that when I use the keyboard shortcut (⌃ ctrl + ⌥ alt + ⌘ cmd + ⏏ eject) to shutdown, on startup all the previously open applications are ...
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Are rc.shutdown and rc.shutdown.local still usable on OS X Lion?

Are either of rc.shutdown or rc.shutdown.local still being use in OS X, or have they been replaced with something else? I realize that launchd is replacing most of this, but I thought you could ...
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Transmission aborts automated shut down.

My ISP offers unlimited downloads at a certain time period at night, but I don't want to wake up to shutdown my MBP 13.3 at that time. I tried to specify a certain shutdown time using the Energy Saver ...
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What is shutdown cause -60?

Since installing Mavericks on my 2010 MBP, it seems to be giving me the spinning beach ball often. I think I may need a new HDD, as Disk Utility cannot repair it, but I also get this error: Nov 21 ...
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Downside of manual shutdown

I've been using shutdown -h now in the terminal to turn off my iMac (sooo much faster than waiting for every program I use to close out), and I wondered if there were any downsides to shutting down ...
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Kernel panic after using Android Emulator for Mac OS X Lion

I experienced a kernel panic. When I run Android emulator on a MacBook, iMac, or Mac mini, I sometimes get a grey screen for unexpected shut down and instructions to press and hold the power button ...
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27" iMac (fall of 2010) won't shut down

Whenever I try to shut down my iMac (3.2 GHz Intel Core i3, running 10.7.3), it closes out all programs, goes to the gray screen with the spinning ball and just hangs there. This occurs in restart or ...
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MacBook won't shut down

What could be the reasons for my MacBook (early 2009) not shutting down. When issued the shutdown command it won't go pass the hiding of the icons on the desktop. It doesn't freeze (as I can still ...
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pass shutdown from APC battery backup to VMware Fusion Guest machine

How can I pass the shutdown command to the vmware fusion guest (debian)? I installed vmware tools and if I manually shutdown my Mac it'll pass the command to shutdown the guest system first. However, ...
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Preferences resetting in Snow Leopard

Recently my Mac has been exhibiting two strange behaviours: Preferences for Safari and Windowshade return to their defaults on their own every few days. On occasions, when I select shut down, the ...
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Mavericks Server - PostgreSQL causing slow shutdowns

I've found that on Mac OS X Server, the PostgreSQL processes are causing shutdown delays. During a verbose shutdown, I get the following (shortened) output: com.apple.launchd ...
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Can anyone interpret verbose shutdown messages?

I almost always boot up in Verbose mode so I can see what's happening during boot up/shut down. Usually critical errors make themselves obvious, some lesser errors aren't so obvious but can be cleared ...
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Mac does not restart, shutsdown instead

I have several Mac's that when selecting restart they shutdown instead. (MacBookPro 15 SSD, MacBookAir(new), MacBookPro 15) By that I mean, if I select from the menu restart they shutdown and do not ...
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Shutdown MacMini with hardware button

I have a MacMini (Intel Core Solo with OSX 10.6.8) running as an iTunes Server with an external USB Storage without Keybord/Mouse/Monitor. Starting the MacMini is fairly easy, power on the USB ...
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Shell or Applescript to delay shutdown?

We have a workstation that gets used sporadically, and I'm trying to setup a script that backs it up during shutdown. I created a LogoutHook in com.apple.loginwindow to a 1-line bash script, that ...
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Binding a keyboard shortcut to shut down

I want to bind a gesture in BetterTouchTool to the shut down menu that is invoked by pressing the power button on my MacBook Air. It's fairly simple to bind gestures to keyboard shortcuts, so what ...
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Avoid automatic shutdown

I have a MacBook pro running Lion. Usually, I need to run tasks that takes hours... so I just leave the laptop working before going to bed. When I wake up, I notice that it tried to shutdown the ...