Force Shutdown On Macbook Pro

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If your MacBook Pro is unresponsive, you can hold down Touch ID for six seconds to force a shut down. Note that you'll lose any unsaved work if you do this. Shutting down your 2016 MBP is not required unless not using for 36 hours (apple.stackexchange). Force Quit with Mac Shortcut To do the same thing but faster, use Mac shortcut keys to close frozen applications. On your keyboard, press and hold Command + Option + Esc. It will immediately bring up a “Force Quit Application” window.

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Build custom keyboard shortcut to bring up shutdown dialogue (apple.stackexchange) Touch ID button shuts down the computer (Apple Support) Another button on touch bar would be redundant. Unlike with older Mac notebooks, holding down Touch ID on your 2016 MacBook Pro doesn't display a dialog with options to Sleep, Restart, or Shut Down. So far Apple has confirmed the random shutdown behavior on the 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro, though Mashable reports a similar issue occurring on the 13-inch MacBook Pro model from 2017, so the bug.

Before we get our hands dirty, here’s a word of warning. If you’re wondering how to reboot a MacBook Pro, bear in mind it’s the last resort when all other methods to unfreeze your Mac had failed. Don’t try it too often, as it may harm your system. No question, your Mac can handle rapid power losses, and your hardware most likely won’t be hurt. What’s at risk, though, is your data because each time you force reboot a Mac, it affects the consistency of the file system. Now that you’ve been warned let’s go.

Symptoms your frozen Mac needs a force restart

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  • Applications are not responding
  • The pointer is not responsive
  • Loud fan noise
  • The screen goes black
  • Mac unable to restart

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Before you force restart a Mac, it’s always recommended to first try a software solution.

  • Go to the Apple menu
  • Choose Restart
  • Click Restart in the menu that appears
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Two ways to force restart a Mac

The simplest method: hold down the Power button till your Mac shuts down. Press the button again to restart it.

If your Mac hangs for good and the pointer is inactive:

  • Hold down Control-Command while pressing the Power button.

This is an alternative key combination to force restart a Mac. By the way, if you are on an iMac, the Power button is found on the back of your Mac. Voila!

Is Shut Down any different from Restart?

The difference between Shut Down and Restart is quite self-explanatory. When you perform a restart, your Mac will turn on again, loading its previously active apps. As for shut down, your Mac won’t start until you press the Power button again. Interestingly, all new Macs have an automatic reboot feature built-in. So even if you sit and do nothing, your frozen Mac would eventually reboot by itself, though it takes a bit of patience.

How to force shut down a frozen Mac

If you need to force shut down a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, all you need is again to press a Power button on your Mac’s keyboard.

  1. Press and hold the Power button for 2 seconds.
  2. Choose Restart, Sleep, or Shut Down in the menu that appears.

If you don’t want to reload the baggage of your previously opened apps, tick off “Reopen windows when logging back in.” We recommend you deselect this option when your Mac is slow to lighten the weight on your RAM.

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If your Mac won’t shut down:

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  1. Press and hold the Power button.
  2. Hold the button until the Mac shuts down.

Needless to say that when you force restart a Mac, all your unsaved projects may be lost. It’s unfair, we know.

Why does my Mac keep freezing?

The obvious explanation is your Mac lacks memory. Or, to put it another way, there are too many active processes running on your Mac. First off, go to Activity Monitor to check your memory usage.

  1. Go to Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor
  2. Click the Memory tab.

Now, look into how heavily your Memory is loaded. Quit apps that eat up too much memory for no reason. While this may work as a temporary solution, it doesn’t stop your Mac from freezing up again. You can either force reboot your Mac each time or opt for a radical solution. Below are a few more ideas you can try.

More ways to fix a frozen Mac

Restart your Mac in the Diagnostics mode

Shut down your Mac and reboot while pressing the D key. Within the menu that appears, launch the Apple Diagnostics tool. This will check your Mac’s drive for errors. From then, follow the prompts to finish the diagnostics.

Clean up your Mac

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Remove old unused apps, system junk, and pervasive browser extensions. For this purpose, try running the CleanMyMac X application on your Mac.

It’s quite effective in removing all junk from your Mac and has several helpful utilities, like RAM free up or app uninstaller. Download it for free here.

Reinstall your macOS

This is the most radical of all methods; that’s why it’s so effective.

  • Check out how to clean install macOS Sierra
  • Instructions for macOS High Sierra
  • How to clean install macOS Mojave
  • How to clean install macOS Catalina
  • How to clean install macOS Big Sur

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Hello and welcome to Apple Support Communities, jwestveer!
I understand you're unable to completely shut down your MacBook Pro, due to it getting stuck on a black screen. I see you've already tried some great steps, and I'd be happy to provide any information that may help you resolve this.

Start with this article: Use safe mode to isolate issues with your Mac

Start up in safe mode

To start up in safe mode:

  1. Start or restart your Mac, then immediately press and hold the Shift key. The Apple logo appears on your display. If you don't see the Apple logo, learn what to do.
  2. Release the Shift key when you see the login window. If your startup disk is encrypted with FileVault, you might be asked to log in twice: once to unlock the startup disk, and again to log in to the Finder.

To leave safe mode, restart your Mac without pressing any keys during startup.

If an issue doesn't happen in safe mode

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If an issue doesn't happen when your Mac is started in safe mode, try restarting without pressing any keys.

  • If the issue comes back, you might have incompatible login items.
  • If the issue doesn't come back, it was probably caused by a cache or directory issue with your startup disk, which safe mode fixed.

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It's possible there may be a process getting stuck while you use your MacBook. Use this article to check if any processes are getting stuck prior to shut down:

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How to use Activity Monitor on your Mac
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Force Shutdown On Macbook Pro

Jul 16, 2018 12:52 PM