I have a MacBook where I have to dual boot Windows and OS X. When I hold the Option Key on startup, I get the nice "Select Boot Device" screen.

Is there a way to permanently enable this, so that I don't have to remember to hold option every time I restart?


One way to do this is to install a boot loader such as rEFIt.

This will present you with a menu similar to the following when you start up your computer:

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    That seemed like a mighty large stone to kill a very small bird, but it works fine :) – Michael Stum Feb 21 '11 at 16:04
  • Since rEFIt is no longer under active development, consider using rEFInd (rodsbooks.com/refind) - it is a fork of rEFIt. – Hanzaplastique Jul 20 '18 at 15:52

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