Putting Your MacBook Pro to Sleep or Shutting It Down
When you finish working with your MacBook Pro, you can put it to sleep or shut
Putting Your MacBook Pro to Sleep
If you’ll be away from your MacBook Pro for only a short time, put it to sleep. When the
computer is in sleep, you can quickly wake it and bypass the startup process.
To put your MacBook Pro to sleep, do one of the following:
Close the display.
Choose Apple () > Sleep from the menu bar.
Press the power (®) button and click Sleep in the dialog that appears.
Choose Apple () > System Preferences, click Energy Saver, and set a sleep timer.
Wait a few seconds until the sleep indicator light starts pulsing (indicating
that the computer is in sleep and the hard disk has stopped spinning) before moving
your MacBook Pro. Moving your computer while the disk is spinning can damage the
hard disk, causing loss of data or the inability to start up from the hard disk.
Ready, Set Up, Go
To wake your MacBook Pro:
If the display is closed, simply open it to wake your MacBook Pro.
If the display is already open, press the power (®) button or any key on the keyboard.
When your MacBook Pro wakes from sleep, your applications, documents, and
computer settings are exactly as you left them.
Shutting Down Your MacBook Pro
If you aren’t going to use your MacBook Pro for a couple of days or longer, it’s best to
shut it down. The sleep indicator light goes on briefly during the shutdown process.
To shut down your MacBook Pro, do one of the following:
Choose Apple () > Shut Down from the menu bar.
Press the power (®) button and click Shut Down in the dialog that appears.
If you plan to store your MacBook Pro for an extended period of time, see page 76 for
information about how to prevent the battery from draining completely.
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