Sometimes I like to shut down my Macbook Pro (e.g. if I know I won't be using it for some time and I want to save battery).

Unfortuantely, I can't figure out any way to actually check that it's shut down when the lid is closed. There's no visible signal from the outside, and if I open up the lid, then due to (what I consider to be) a terrible design decision, it automatically turns back on. I then have to wait quite a few seconds before I can manually shut it back down again.

Is there a way I can either (a) see whether it's completely shut down without opening the lid, or (b) disable the automatic boot up upon opening the lid?

1 Answer 1


Shut down before you close the lid.

Set the lid behavior so that it does not auto wake.

I set that behaviour when I want to clean the keyboard but you have to avoid the power button...

  • How do I set the lid behavior so that it does not auto wake? I don't see that option anywhere.
    – tparker
    Commented Sep 15, 2019 at 20:39
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    you could check out, after a quick search : idownloadblog.com/2016/10/31/…
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Sep 15, 2019 at 20:48
  • That command gets it to no longer start up automatically upon opening the lid, but it still starts up if I press any key, so it's still hard to clean the keyboard.
    – tparker
    Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 3:54
  • Mine only starts on using the power key. Is yours asleep or fully shut down...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 3:58
  • Fully shut down.
    – tparker
    Commented Sep 17, 2019 at 3:17

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