3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 1, 2010 5:23 PM by R C-R
Craigzilla Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Believe it or not, I honestly don't know how to turn off my new iMac! I'm driving to Las Vegas in 6 hours, and I thought I'd save a little electricity, and turn off my computer... But I don't even know how to! Nor could I even find the answer inside my computer -- so, as a "last resort" I'm asking y'all out there. Thanks!

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.3), Please bear in mind: "No such thing as a dumb question..."
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (284,795 points)
    Shut it down from the Apple menu.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,875 points)
    Welcome to Apple Discussions!

    Also the power button to turn it back on is on the rear of the machine near the ports. It has an O with a 1 inside as its logo.

    The manual should explain all the parts that you have access to.

    If you are missing the manual, http://support.apple.com/manuals/#
    or use the Help menu to search for topics of your interest, or come here if you are still baffled.

    Finally, when your machine is off, it still is at risk of a power surge if your area is prone to thunderstorms. I recommend when leaving for extended periods of time, to check the forecast, and if more than 36 hours in advance don't rely on the forecast. Either way, unplug the computer if you think there might be a risk.
  • R C-R Level 6 Level 6 (16,745 points)
    FWIW, the answer is in your computer too, if you know how to look for it:

    From the Finder, click on the "Help" menu at the top of the screen & type "shut down" (without the quotes) in the search box that appears. High on the list of results should be one titled *Shutting down your computer* -- click on that & the help topic will pop up with everything you need to know.

    The same technique works for many other questions you might have. You just have to be able to come up with a search phrase that will find it & remember that the Help menu searches are by default limited to topics relevant to the frontmost application (the one whose name appears immediately to the right of the Apple menu icon).