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How to restart MacBook Pro

MacBook Pros are incredible machines. Light enough to carry anywhere, and capable of some serious processing power, they’re the go-to Mac of choice for designers and creatives, students, business owners, and pretty much everyone!

While they’re built to handle the most demanding of tasks, even MacBook Pros will occasionally experience a glitch. As with most technology, the simplest solution (that usually works) is to restart it.

Whether you’re dealing with a frozen system or simply want to start fresh, let’s look at the best ways how to restart MacBook Pros, because you have options. Each of them will take just seconds to implement but will depend on your issue as to which one/s you can use. Let’s get started.

Restart using the menu bar

This won’t work if your machine has frozen and your pointer is out of action. If this is the case for you, jump to the ‘Restart using the power button’ section. To restart using the menu bar, follow these instructions:

  1. First, save any work (if you can) and close down all your open apps (optional).
  2. Next, click on the ‘Apple’ icon in the top-left of your menu bar and choose ‘Restart’ from the drop-down list.
  3. If any apps are running (either active or in the background) you will be asked to confirm if you want to restart. Be sure to save changes and close apps, or check the ‘Reopen windows when logging back in’ box, then click ‘Restart.’

Restart using the keyboard shortcut

Like pretty much every feature on a Mac, there’s a keyboard shortcut that will restart your MacBook Pro.

To restart your Mac, press ‘Control + Command + Power/Eject.’

Restart using the power button

This method is often referred to as doing a ‘manual restart’ and is best used when your MacBook Pro is frozen or unresponsive. Remember that forcing a power down and restart on your Mac will result in any unsaved work being lost.

To do a manual restart, follow these instructions:

  1. Press and hold the ‘power button’ on your MacBook Pro for around 10 seconds
  2. The screen should go dark
  3. Press the ‘power button’ again to restart your MacBook Pro

How to optimize your MacBook Pro

One way you can avoid having to restart your MacBook Pro is by giving it a regular spring clean and keeping it clear of clutter. This will reduce the chance of apps crashing and annoying glitches happening in the first place.

To do this:

  • Remove apps from your Mac that you no longer use
  • Delete bad-quality and duplicate photos and files you don’t want
  • Clear unnecessary junk files

If this sounds like a lot of work, it’s probably because it is. Don’t worry, we don’t want you spending hours on time-consuming computer admin. That’s why we created CCleaner for Mac.

This clever app will do all of the above for you with just a few clicks of a button. It will clear space on your Mac so that it works at its optimum capacity. This reduces the need for potentially expensive hardware upgrades.

It has other benefits too and features that will make you more private and secure online. Why don’t you join our happy community of users and take the stress off yourself and your MacBook Pro by downloading CCleaner for Mac today?


  • How do you restart a frozen MacBook Pro?

    If your MacBook Pro is frozen, use the power button to perform a manual restart. Keep in mind that this will force a power down and unsaved work will be lost. Hold the ‘power button’ for 10 seconds and wait for the screen to go dark, then press the ‘power button’ to restart it.

  • How can I restart my MacBook Pro without the power button?

    You can restart your MacBook Pro by clicking on the ‘Apple’ menu and choosing ‘Restart’ from the drop-down list. Alternatively, you can use the following keyboard shortcut that will restart your machine: ‘Control + Command + Power/Eject.’

  • How do I restart my MacBook Pro when the screen is black?

    If the screen of your MacBook Pro is black, you won’t be able to restart it by clicking on any menus. In order to restart it, simply hold down the ‘power button’ for 10 seconds, wait another 10 seconds, then press the ‘power button’ again to restart your MacBook Pro.