(Pocket-lint) – If your MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro is completely frozen and you don’t know what to do next, you might consider force restarting your Apple laptop. Often used as a last resort, a forced restart may be your fastest (and only) option to get your Mac up and running again.
How to quickly restart your Mac
Before taking this drastic route, try restarting your Mac the classic way: Click the Apple symbol in the upper-left corner of the screen and choose Restart. You can also force your Mac to shut down if necessary by pressing and holding the power button until your Mac shuts down.
If these methods don’t work for you, or maybe your screen and cursor are stuck and you can’t select anything, then try the forced reset option below.
- Press and hold the Command and Control keys together with the Power button.
- The power button is also the Touch ID/Eject button, depending on the Mac model.
- Your Mac’s screen should go dark and your Mac should restart.
- Log in to your computer and continue using it as normal. easy, right?
Note: On the 2018 MacBook Air and the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, the power button doubles as the Touch ID button in the upper-right corner of the keyboard. On any MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, this is the Touch ID surface to the right of the Touch Bar.
What happens during a forced reboot?
A forced restart is a quick fix that should bring your computer back to normal. Before you force restart your MacBook, make sure that this process won’t erase any data on your computer. It will simply reboot your device. But you may lose saved changes to open documents when you force restart — because your Mac will shut down completely.
The screen will go black and when the machine boots back up you will have to log in to your account again.
How to force quit an app on Mac
If an application you were using has frozen and your Mac is otherwise working fine, then try force-closing the application rather than force-off the laptop. You can hold down the Option (⌥) key, then right-click the offending app’s icon in the Dock and select Force Quit. Or you can press these three keys together: Option, Command, and Escape. A Force Quit window will open. Select the app you want to quit, then click Force Quit. You can also access the Force Quit panel from the Apple menu in the corner of your screen.
It’s a great way to work efficiently for less.
Still need help with your Mac?
If your MacBook freezes repeatedly and you’re not sure what’s going on, you might want to restart your Mac in Apple Diagnostics mode to see if it’s a hardware problem.
The author is Maggie Tillman.