Hey everybody! Today on OS Tips, I’m going to show you a nifty little trick to even more quickly sleep, restart, or shut down your Mac. Instead of using your mouse and moving your cursor all the way up to the upper left hand corner, then choosing one of the three options, why not just do it immediately with your keyboard? I’m sure your itching to find out how to integrate this into your daily workflow, so here they are:

1. To sleep, press option-command-eject

2. To restart, press control-command-eject

3. To shut down, press control-option-command-eject.

Under most circumstances, your Mac should immediately perform whichever action you desire. However, sometimes I’ve encountered issues where a program will hang and prevent the system from restarting or shutting down. In those instances, turn to the Force Quit Applications dialog box, which you can invoke with option-command-escape. Once you start using these shortcuts, I don’t think you’ll ever go back to using the mouse to sleep, restart, or shut down ever again.

Do you know of any “hidden” Mac keyboard shortcuts? Let us know in the comments!

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