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Mac Tips: Sleep My Mac NOW Keyboard Shortcut

5 February 2013 4,853 views No Comment

'The only thing new with the Mac are the Mac tips you don't know.' For example, here is keyboard shortcut that sleeps your Mac right now…

You can teach an old dog new tricks. Or, to borrow and twist a turn of phrase from Harry Truman, ‘The only thing new with the Mac are the Mac tips you don’t know.’ For example, here is keyboard shortcut that puts your Mac to sleep right now.

Every so often, I come across a “new” Mac tip, most likely a keyboard shortcut, that’s immediately useful. Last August, it was a keyboard shortcut to select Safari’s address bar.

This time it’s a shortcut that puts your Mac to sleep right now.

Command + Option + Eject (⏏)

Shift + Control + Eject (⏏)

Press that second combination and your Mac’s display goes to sleep — boom — right now. Very, very useful.

So, if someone — co-worker, spouse, customer, child — just walks in and there’s something on your screen they shouldn’t see? Just sleep it.

Keyboard Shortcuts: More the Merrier

That said, Apple has collected a few more power/sleep shortcuts in this Support Article and presented here for your delectation:

• Turn off your Mac — Power button

• Force your Mac to shut down — Hold down the power button

• Force your Mac to restart — Command + Control + Power

• Open a dialog that lets you put your Mac to sleep, restart, or shut down

As something of a keyboard shortcut junkie, I’ve collected and published quite a few tips and collections over the years, some of which are listed in the related posts below.

And, as always, if you have a nifty, neato Mac tip of your own, please share it in the comments below…

See also: iTunes 11 Keyboard Shortcuts
— How to: Create a Mac keyboard shortcut to open any app
— Mac App Store keyboard shortcuts
— Hotkey EVE: Learn Keyboard Shortcuts
— Create a Notification Center keyboard shortcut

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