So, when I press Apple Menu > Shut Down it starts shutting down but it takes some seconds.

Can I close the lid when the shutting down process starts or do I have to wait for the keyboard backlight to turn off before closing the lid?

Sometimes if I'm outside during the day the light is so high that I cannot see if the keyboard actually turned off or not.

  • TBH, the need for shutting down is pretty low. Like an iPad, these things are designed to be always-on. Apart from upgrades (when I want the lid open anyway), I haven't shut down my M1 since I got it in November.
    – benwiggy
    Feb 18, 2022 at 9:39
  • Tks @benwiggy but as far as I know unix-like systems do some operation at boot that help the system, so I rather not keep it on that long for no reason. Also battery lives longer if you don't keep it on for no reasons for hours and hours.
    – Mr.Web
    Feb 18, 2022 at 16:41

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According to this Apple Support page, the best approach is to wait for your MacBook to shut down before closing its lid if you want to make sure it has properly shut down.

Important: If you’re using a Mac notebook computer, wait for it to shut down completely before closing the display. If you close the display while the Mac is shutting down, it may not shut down properly and may start up more slowly the next time you turn it on.

My 2-year old MacBook Pro has always shut down properly in my experience when I closed the lid after asking it to shut down but my situation might have been helped by the fact that I always quit all open programs, except the Finder which of course can not be completely quit, before giving the shut down command. It is possible, for example, that some open program, which does not automatically save your work and has unsaved work at the time, may prevent your computer from shutting down and then your computer would simply go to sleep, instead of shutting down, because the lid is closed.

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