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So on previous Apple computers, one could shutdown using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Option + Cmd + Eject/Power. However, the new MacBook Pro w/ Touchbar has neither an eject nor a power key. Does this mean that the shortcut no longer exists for this computer?

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  • why would you add a shutdown icon when the Touch ID button is a power button already?
    – JBallin
    Mar 29, 2017 at 5:47
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    @JBallin pressing the TouchID button does not shutdown the computer.
    – Amja
    Mar 31, 2017 at 19:42
  • Really? You held it down for a while?
    – JBallin
    Mar 31, 2017 at 19:46
  • Anyways you don't need to shut down these new MBP's. You can just put them to sleep, that's probably why it isn't an option on touch bar.
    – JBallin
    Mar 31, 2017 at 19:56
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    I actually managed to get the shortcut working using an external apple keyboard (I.e: has an eject button) so the combination itself still works, we are just missing the key for the eject button; now I know there is an option to create custom quick actions in the touchbar, so if we manage to create a custom quick action that basically clicks the missing eject key, we might be able to recreate the behavior using a custom touchbar action, I'll research the matter and post an answer if I'll succeed Dec 4, 2018 at 1:24

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Customize TouchID Control Strip

Unfortunately it's not an option. There is an option for a sleep command, but there is nothing for Shut Down or Restart. Modifier/command keys on the sleep button don't work either.

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  • Maybe a bit unrelated but I wonder why the Touch ID sensor is a button (i.e. it depresses). It doesn't work in my shutdown shortcut unfortunately.
    – Amja
    Nov 30, 2016 at 5:56
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    @Amja the reason that the button depresses is so that you can power it on after a shutdown while the lid was open. It also acts as a force shut down button when you hold it for about 10 seconds, but you should only use this in emergencies. Feb 3, 2017 at 0:51
  • I just tried adding the sleep button and various key combinations (command, shift, option, control) hoping something would trigger a shutdown but as of 10.12.3 -- nothing appears to work.
    – pedz
    Mar 16, 2017 at 17:11
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Build custom keyboard shortcut to bring up shutdown dialogue (apple.stackexchange)

Touch ID button shuts down the computer (Apple Support) Another button on touch bar would be redundant.

Unlike with older Mac notebooks, holding down Touch ID on your 2016 MacBook Pro doesn't display a dialog with options to Sleep, Restart, or Shut Down. You can find these options in the Apple menu. If your MacBook Pro is unresponsive, you can hold down Touch ID for six seconds to force a shut down. Note that you'll lose any unsaved work if you do this.

Shutting down your 2016 MBP is not required unless not using for 36 hours (apple.stackexchange)

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  • Don't think it is redundant if I need to shutdown, but not a hard shutdown (because the machine isn't unresponsive nor I want to make any mess). And yes, I can leave the machine on, but I don't want to do it always. So this info does not answer the question either. The first link you post here, the keyboard shortcut, sounds interesting to bring that dialogue back. Thank you for that info. But I guess you have to select in Touchbar options to show Functions.
    – leon
    May 25, 2020 at 13:10
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    @leon 1. You can set it so that holding fn key will show function keys on the touch bar. 2. You could set a keyboard shortcut that doesn't involve the touchbar.
    – JBallin
    May 25, 2020 at 17:09
  • thank you, JBallin. A good approach. Similar to it, I opted to use fn to show quick-actions and integrated there the shutdown.
    – leon
    Jun 19, 2020 at 16:04
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You can add a sleep or shutdown button to the touch bar in system preferences > keyboard > (set touchbar options - it's not called this but I can't recall the option name, it's toward the bottom of the screen) and then drag whichever optional button you desire to the touchbar

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    There is a sleep option but sadly no shutdown.
    – Amja
    Dec 10, 2016 at 17:01
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There is no shutdown button on Touch Bar (except hard poweroff), just a sleep button as customizable option, but we can add a QuickAction with Automator with a shutdown Script and assign a button on the Touchbar. I made a nice red "OFF" button. I wrote the detailed workflow and script to make it in https://discussions.apple.com/thread/251390862, taking the programming from https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8263239.

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