How To Fix Mac Won’t Shut Down

Turning off your Mac is never difficult.  However, sometimes things aren’t as ideal as our expectation as it can be painful to actually shut down your Mac. So, in this post, we’ll find some ways to get your Mac to properly shut down.

Steps to Shut Down a Mac

Turning off a Mac is very easy; all you need is following these steps:

  1. First, click on the Apple logo at the top left of the screen and then choose the Shut Down
  2. A warning message will now appear to confirm that your Mac will shut down and a clock will count down from one minute.
  3. You can also skip this countdown just by holding down the Command button while choosing Shut Down.
  4. You can see warnings for saving anything you have been working on the different apps first
  5. After you have closed all apps, the Mac should shut down.

That is what will happen if your Mac works normally, but because your Mac can go wrong and hamper the simple process of shutting down.

Close Running Apps Before Shutting Down

As we mentioned earlier, the Mac OS will need to close all apps if you are opening them and then shutting down the whole process will take much longer. If an app has an unsaved document or gets crashed or frozen, the time for the Shut Down will take even further. To check if your apps come with the problems, simply try the following steps

  • First, check the Dock for bouncing app alerts. Here you can see if there is any app requiring your attention.
  • If you have to save a pending file, just select Save from the Alert Window for every file. In case you click on Cancel, the Shut Down process will be paused.
  • If nothing else works, you just force quit the app. Although your data will be lost, the job will be done.

After you have closed all apps, your Mac should shut down properly.

Also see: Methods To Fix External Hard Drive Not Showing Up On Mac

Your Mac Gets Frozen

In case your Mac still doesn’t shut down as it gets frozen, here are some steps you should try. Because you cannot shut down your Mac in a conventional manner, here are other techniques.

  1. First, press and hold the Power button for 1.5 seconds until you see a dialogue box asking for the options: Sleep, Restart, or Shut Down.
  2. If you want to shut down, just hit Ctrl + Power buttons (or Eject + Power buttons) to make your Mac restart.
  3. If the Mac still doesn’t shut down, you should try forcing it to switch it off. To do so, press and hold the Power button until you see the screen blackout and the power light stop glowing. You could also hear a wiring sound after a click.
  4. Wait for around 30 seconds and then press the Power button again to turn it on.

It isn’t a good way to shut down your Mac as the OS will work better if it’s shut down properly. However, if the Mac doesn’t shut down as it’s normal, you’d better find the problem and fix it instead of performing this as a habit.


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