How to restart a Mac

Updated: 03/13/2021 by Computer Hope
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Restarting your Mac computer is necessary for installing new updates, and can often fix many technical issues. This page contains multiple methods for restarting a Mac. To proceed, select the method you would like to use from the list below or read through each section individually.

  1. Click the Apple icon in the upper-left corner of the screen.
  2. In the drop-down menu that appears, click Restart.

Restart selector

  1. You should see a screen with a white loading bar at the bottom.

Restart using a keyboard shortcut

  1. Press and hold the control, then press the Eject button.
  2. Click the Restart button on the prompt that appears.

Restart button

  1. You should see a screen with a white loading bar at the bottom.

Restart immediately

To force your Mac computer to restart immediately (skipping the prompt), press the Control+Command+Eject keys at the same time.