I would like to know if there is a way to turn on and off a Macbook Pro Retina connected to a Thunderbolt Display monitor when it is closed.

Should I open my MacBook Pro Retina each time I need to turn on my computer?

Is the only solution to not turn it off and putting it into sleeping mode?


You can bring up the power menu by pressing Control-Eject. You can also directly sleep (Command-Option-Eject), shut down (Command-Option-Control-Eject), restart (Command-Control-Eject), or turn off the display (Shift-Control-Eject) using the keyboard. You can also press any key to wake a sleeping mac.

There is no known way of turning on recent Macbooks via keyboard except for the power button.

  • Where can I find the eject key in my Macbook Pro Retina 15 Early 2013? – Alex Mar 16 '15 at 13:22
  • @Alex the internal keyboard has the power key, which works the same. On some versions of osx, external keyboards without a dedicated power or eject key can use f12 instead. – cde Mar 16 '15 at 14:31
  • Ok, thanks @cde - I was looking to turn on my Macbook Pro Retina without opening it, but I see it is impossible. – Alex Mar 17 '15 at 17:57

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