2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 21, 2008 2:56 PM by littleshoulders
cfitz91 Level 1 (0 points)
Very stupid qt but how do you force quit and shut down safely from your keyboard. have wireless mouse and keeps dying and i end up having to unplug and boot again - not good for sys but haven't had a prob so far but reckon my day will come!
Any help would be appreciated. oh and on the menu the Force Quit shows three keys to press together - i can't for the life of me figure out what the third is - looks like a ticking clock????

imac, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • Kurt Lang Level 8 (36,670 points)
    CommandOption+ShiftEject will shut down the computer. If any apps are open they will shut down first. If any of those have files open that need to be saved, you'll get a message for each one. You can use the keyboard to navigate the choices of what to do with each one.
  • littleshoulders Level 6 (9,525 points)
    Hi cfitz91,

    First of all, Welcome to the  Discussion forums!

    As Kurt has cited, CommandOption+ShiftEject, will quit all open applications and shut down your iMac.

    "on the menu the Force Quit shows three keys to press together"

    A force quit is command + Option + Escape key combination. This will bring up a force quit pane that will allow you to select applications individually to force quit.

    See: List of OS X keyboard shortcuts

    A great Apple Knowledge Base article to bookmark when learning keyboard commands.

    I would suggest that you use your installation cd/dvd to boot up and use it's Disk Utility from the Installer Menu in the top menu bar to Repair Disk. When you have force shut down your computer multiple times you could have corruption that should be repaired.

    hope that proves helpful,