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The screen is locked after some time. That is ok. Then some minutes or hours later I come back. Sometimes I want to get in again, then I need to log in. But sometimes I just want to send the machine to sleep or to halt it right away. I want to do these without first logging in.

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  • Aren't there buttons for this at the bottom of the login screen? See for instance image at apple.stackexchange.com/questions/63289/…
    – lhf
    Mar 7 at 15:08
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    @lhf Even without screen controls (which some organizations or settings suppress ), the keyboard shortcuts cover this functionality - it's just a matter of memorizing them or understanding how to map a non-mac keyboard to the media eject key ion software if you don't have an Apple Keyboard on the mini.
    – bmike
    Mar 7 at 15:57
  • I do not see any buttons at the bottom. Is it because I'm using Big Sur 11.3 beta?
    – t1ser
    Mar 8 at 20:14
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I disconnect the display in this case for sleep if I can't remember the shortcuts that I don't use often.

  • Option–Command–Power button* or Option–Command–Media Eject : Put your Mac to sleep.
  • Control–Shift–Power button* or Control–Shift–Media Eject : Put your displays to sleep.

For shut down, you can also log in - either via screen sharing, ssh, Apple a Remote Desktop or remote scripts if you need to sleep or power off the display and haven't memorized the commands above.

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