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I restart my Mac (for various reasons) often, about once a day. Recently I found about the key shortcut to do this: Cmd + Ctrl + Power. I really like this because it's fast and avoids that annoying prompt about "reopening windows when coming back".

My question: is using key shortcut Cmd + Ctrl + Power forceful, aggressive or potentially damaging in any way (like losing recent data)? Or, it is the same thing as doing it by clicking the menu options ( -> Restart... -> Restart).

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Command + Control + Power button will force a restart without any intervention from the system. Applications will not be closed in a proper way and everything that is not yet written to disk will be lost.

It is definitely not safe.

You could use Command + Option + Control + Power button to shutdown and then Power button to start.

Quit all apps (after giving you a chance to save changes to open documents), then shut down the computer

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    interestingly, support.apple.com/en-us/HT201236 gives 2 versions of Command Control Power - one safe, the other not. I'm guessing typo. – Tetsujin Feb 20 '15 at 15:30
  • @Tetsujin Not really the other one also have option in the combination – Matteo Feb 20 '15 at 15:40
  • Confused me - it specifically says both… Command-Control-power button Force the Mac to restart Command-Control-Power button Quit all apps (after giving you a chance to save changes to open documents), then restart the computer – Tetsujin Feb 20 '15 at 15:43
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If you want to be able to Restart without the dialog, by key-command…
an alternative, which is not truly intuitive, is to set up a key combo from
System Prefs > Keyboard > Shortcuts.

For example, you add Restart… as a combo
…which irritatingly then puts another Restart into the  menu (it also does the same for Shutdown.)

So, the fix is then to add a second shortcut for Restart itself - which must be different to the first one, of course.

Giving you something like this
the 'Force Quit System Prefs' in the  menu is generated by the key command to take the picture

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  • A combo for a safe restart already exists: Command-Option-Control-Power button (Quit all apps (after giving you a chance to save changes to open documents), then shut down the computer) – Matteo Feb 20 '15 at 15:42
  • That's shutdown, not restart, though. I don't have a power button on my keyboard, so I've always had my own combos set up anyway. – Tetsujin Feb 20 '15 at 15:46

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