Restart The Mac

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  1. The remote Mac will restart immediately. (And I do mean immediately—there’s no option to elegantly quit applications. The remote Mac simply restarts without issuing any warnings about saving.
  2. How to Restart a Mac. If your Mac computer suddenly becomes frozen, or begins to act slow and sluggish, restarting your Mac can help clear its memory and process items at a normal speed upon bootup.

To complete the reset process, you must restart your Mac. After Resetting the PRAM or NVRAM Once your Mac finishes starting, you can use the System Preferences to set the time zone, set the date and time, select the startup volume, and configure any display options you wish to use.

About unexpected restarts

Rarely, your Mac might experience a software or hardware issue that requires it to restart. When it starts up again, you might see a message that your computer was restarted because of a problem.

Unexpected restarts are usually caused by software installed on your Mac, or by devices connected to your Mac. If the issue causes your Mac to restart every time it attempts to start up, your Mac might eventually shut down. Use the steps below to check the software and hardware on your Mac.

Check your software

If the issue is caused by software on your Mac, one of these steps might help:

  • Install all available software updates.
  • If your Mac suspects that a particular app caused the restart, it might ask whether you would like to move the app to the Trash. Click Move to Trash, then contact the software developer to see if a software update is available.
  • Use safe mode to try to isolate the cause of the issue.
  • Reinstall macOS. If the issue continues after reinstalling macOS, check your hardware.

Check your hardware

Learn how to check your connected devices and other hardware.

Check peripheral devices first

If you don't have any devices attached to your Mac, skip to the next section.

  1. Shut down your Mac.
  2. Disconnect all peripheral devices, such as hard drives or printers. If you have a desktop Mac, make sure that only a display, keyboard, and mouse or trackpad are connected.
  3. Turn on your Mac.
  4. Use your Mac for the amount of time that it would usually take for an unexpected restart to occur.
  5. If an unexpected restart occurs, follow the steps to check the internal RAM and third-party hardware.
  6. If an unexpected restart doesn't occur, turn off the Mac and connect one peripheral device at a time until an unexpected restart occurs.

Check RAM and third-party hardware

Certain models of Mac computers have removable memory (RAM). If you recently installed memory or a hard disk (or SSD), make sure that it's compatible and installed correctly. If possible, remove it and test with the original memory or disk.

Learn more

  • If you continue to experience unexpected restarts, contact Apple Support.
  • If your Mac is frequently restarting unexpectedly, it's important to determine the exact steps that lead up to the issue. The next time that your Mac restarts unexpectedly, record the date and time it occurs. These questions might help you diagnose the problem:
    • Was the computer starting up, shutting down, or performing a particular task when the unexpected restart happened?
    • Is the computer restart random, or does it happen every time you do a certain task?
    • Does the restart happen when a specific external device is connected to your Mac or to a specific port?
  • Learn what to do if your Mac doesn't turn on or start up.
  • Learn about the screens you see when your Mac starts up.

Finder is the most used app on Mac, it comes as no surprise that it becomes unresponsive at times. Here are four ways to quickly relaunch Finder so that it becomes responsive again.

1) Relaunch from Dock

One of the easiest way to restart the Finder is to relaunch it from the Dock. Press and hold Option key and right click on the Finder icon in the dock, select Relaunch.

2) Restart Finder from Force Quit Applications window

Press Command + Option + Esc. Select Finder from the list and click Relaunch.

3) Using Activity Monitor

Activity Monitor (also referred as task Manager by Windows users) can also be used to restart Finder or any other unresponsive app.

To open Activity Monitor, Open Finder ❯ Applications ❯ Utilities ❯ Activity Monitor. Alternatively, you can use spotlight search to open Activity Monitor, press Command + Space, type Activity Monitor and hit return. This will open up the Activity Monitor app.

Restart The Machine If Problem Persists

Select the Finder from the list, click the cross button located at the top left corner of Activity Monitor window and select Force Quit.

4) Command Line Method

As you know anything can be done from GUI, can also be done though command line. Open terminal, press Command + Space, type terminal and hit return

Type the following command and hit return

Restart The Mac Into Recovery Mode


How To Restart The Mac Pro

This would relaunch the Finder.