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Recently got a new MacBook Pro and I really don't like the fact that it powers on by a simple touch on the trackpad.

(EDIT: By "powering on", I mean powering on from a completely turned off state, after having hit "Shut down...", not waking up from sleep mode.)

I'd like for it to power on only if I press the top right corner that corresponds to the finger print reader.

Is there a way to do that?

EDIT: to further clarify, some elements from the comments:

  • I should check again at home, but I've had my new MBP for more than a month now and unless I am missing something completely --- or I have been crazy for the last month --- clicking "Shutdown...", waiting for my computer to shutdown, and then clicking on the touchpad (or on any other key) actually turns the computer back on.

  • Now, maybe what happened is I never actually turned my computer off? Is there any setting that would make the computer not turn completely off when clicking "Shutdown..." ?

  • I guess what I would like is for my new MBP to behave more like my old Macbook air, i.e., 1) Actually fully shutdown when I click "Shutdown...", and 2) Only turn back on when I hit the "power one" button, which on the new MBP I always assumed was the "touch ID" button.

  • When you say "power on" - do you mean power on from a completely turned off state? - or do you mean "power on" from sleep mode? – jksoegaard Feb 21 at 13:49
  • I mean power on from a completely turned off state, after having hit "Shut down...". I will clarify in my question. – Martin Van der Linden Feb 21 at 15:05
  • I'm not sure you're aware, but simply opening the lid on the MBP or connecting it to power, will also power on the Mac. So I don't know if these are also problems for you? (i.e. how often do you have your Mac powered down, but lid still open?) – jksoegaard Feb 21 at 15:17
  • If it's shut down, touching the trackpad won't restart it – Sam Feb 21 at 17:14
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    @MartinVanderLinden it is very possible that it didn't actually shut down. To find out, force shut it down (with the touch Id button) and then see if the trackpad turns it on – Sam Feb 21 at 20:41
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Ok, following Sam's recommendation, I have tried to force shut it down using the touch id button.

In that case, the MBP behaved as expected, i.e., it would only turn back on using the touch id button again, and would not turn back on by a simple touch on the trackpad or by pressing a key on the keyboard.

EDIT: after a couple more tries, it appears I was mistaken, in the sense that even force shutting down the latpop does not actually solve the problem (see the discussion in the follow up question Why won't my new MBP actually shutdown when I click "Shutdown..." in the "apple" menu).

Unfortunately, the issues remains that when I click on "Shutdown..." in the "apple" menu, the laptop does not seem to fully shut down. It looks as if it does (turns black). But then a simple touch on the trackpad or a hit on any of the keys "wakes it up", as if it had been turned off and was powering on again (it goes through the black background screen with the white apple in the middle and the progress bar).

This unfortunately has nothing to do with how long I wait between clicking "Shutdown..." and pressing a key or the trackpad: This has happened many time after waiting the whole night between between clicking "Shutdown..." and pressing on the trackpad. In fact, I have clicked "Shutdown..." many times in the last month without ever having to press the touch id to power my laptop on: I always simply pressed on the trackpad, which made me believe this was the new normal with MBP and triggered my asking of this question.

Anyways, I feel now like the issue is separate from the question I asked (i.e., my real issue seems to be that my laptop fails to actually shutdown when clicking "Shutdown...", which is different from what I described). So I decided to ask another question about it: Why won't my new MBP actually shutdown when I click "Shutdown..." in the "apple" menu

  • Seems like your question is not solved and you should mark it as such, i.e. remove the "solved" marker? – n1000 Feb 27 at 19:56
  • Just did. By accepting my own answer, I mean to indicate that the new related question described my problem more precisely, and that attention could focus to this newer question from now on. But I can see how that can be confusing. – Martin Van der Linden Feb 27 at 20:10
  • I guess then you should rather delete the question... – n1000 Feb 27 at 20:11

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