OS X Mavericks: Mastering the Power Button

   Posted October 24, 2013 by David Kirk in Apple Mac

dialog box for shutdown a mac

Prior to OS X 10.9, the power button would display the shut down options. Now, the default action of the power button is to just turn off the screen. How can find the restart, sleep, and shut down choices again?

I have been heavily recommending that Apple users upgrade to Mavericks or OS X 10.9. Not only is it free, but it does not seem to contain all the typical bugs found in an initial OS release. With any update a few things will change, and this update is no different. The most common oddity is that the function of the power button on the various Apple laptops has changed. Previously, pressing the power button on my MBP would bring up the familiar power down options such as restart, sleep, and shut down. Now, the power button just turns off the laptop screen.

Although you cannot change the default action of pressing the power button, the old options are still there. To display the power down options within Mavericks just hold the power button. Instead of blacking out the screen, the old familiar options will appear instead.

Remember, that you can always turn off your system by selecting the Sleep, Restart, or Shut Down option under the Apple () menu as well.


About David Kirk

David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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