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?


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 Sep 15 at 20:39
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    you could check out, after a quick search : idownloadblog.com/2016/10/31/… – Solar Mike Sep 15 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 Sep 16 at 3:54
  • Mine only starts on using the power key. Is yours asleep or fully shut down... – Solar Mike Sep 16 at 3:58
  • Fully shut down. – tparker Sep 17 at 3:17

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