Whenever I want to shutdown/restart OSX I click on the menu, select shutdown, and then click the box for not saving the session, and then click OK. Then there's always at least one program that interrupts the shutdown process.

Is there an easier way to do this? Maybe by using the terminal? I was thinking of shutdown -h now, but that way seems kind of "dirty." What are some ways to do it?


4 Answers 4


If you don't care about saving the session, you can simply hit Ctrl + Option + + for Shutdown or Ctrl + + for Restart

You can also check out this post (Disable "Reopen Windows") on disabling resume if you don't want that. There is another solution posted here on Apple's forums for disabling the feature by William Donelson (second post by him on the page).

  • +1, that's a better answer than mine, I didn't know about those extra key combinations. Thanks. :-)
    – binarybob
    Commented Mar 11, 2012 at 22:35
  • @binarybob Thanks, picked them up from some article I read a long time ago, then I wrote them down for reference ;) Commented Mar 11, 2012 at 22:43
  • Pressing the power button also brings up the Shut Down confirmation window.
    – revolver
    Commented Mar 12, 2012 at 1:53

Typing Ctrl + brings up the shutdown dialog window, which is a bit faster than clicking the Apple menu.

  • The funny thing is I didn't actually know this one ;) Commented Mar 11, 2012 at 23:06
  • This still can be stopped by an application
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 23:22
  • @binary, Where's that up button on macbook pro touch?
    – Pacerier
    Commented Aug 22, 2017 at 22:37

This can all be controlled by a Preference. Below is for Mountain Lion, which was changed slightly from Lion:

  1. Apple Menu - System Preferences
  2. General (under Personal section)
  3. Select "Close Windows when quitting an Application" - this makes it so windows don't open when you reopen an app.
  4. Now when you shut down (and tell it not to reopen windows on restart) they will not open then - or later.

Functional is a collection of utilities bringing the basic Mac OS X functions from the Apple menu to your Dock. It is the spiritual companion of 'Hypnotize'.

Add the Functional folder as a stack to the Dock, and Logging Out, Restarting, Shutting Down or Sleeping your Mac will be just a mouse-click away.

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A review of Functional along with its companion Hypnotize can be found here.

  • How does this deal with "Then there's always at least one program that interrupts the shutdown process."
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Oct 16, 2014 at 11:41

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