Shut down more quickly
Villaz onbyLuis Is there a quicker way to and enter your password. If you don’t shut down my Mac? When care about open apps and files, it’s quicker I select Shut Down from the to use the shortcut ≈+å+ç+≠. Apple menu it takes almost a minute, Alternatively, you could use the shortcut for and frequently fails altogether the ordinary shutdown dialog, which is because iTunes decides to restart ≈+≠. Ultimately though, if your Mac itself. I’ve read that the Terminal takes too long to shut down, why not just command will sleep it? Modern Macs use next to no shut down instantly. But is that safe? electricity in sleep mode and restart almost Alex M instantly. Hold å+ç and press the power
button. Press any key to resume from sleep. Not really. Shutting down from Terminal requires all apps to immediately save their cached data and they only have a second or two to do this before the rug is pulled from under their feet anyway. If you have unsaved documents open, you might not even see the prompt to save. Shutting down from the menu is slower, precisely because it waits to make sure that each app has had time to make an orderly shutdown. Also, the Terminal command can actually be less convenient, because it must be run as root. Which means you’d need to prefix it with Last month I included a tip for looking up the definition of the word under your mouse pointer by pressing ç+≈+d. There are some caveats for this: it only works in certain apps (specifically those written using the Cocoa framework, which includes most of the standard OS X apps and some third-party ones) and the shortcut must be enabled in Keyboard preferences under Shortcut > Services. That’s enough to make it work on my MacBook Air, but not on my Mac mini.
Both Macs are running Yosemite, and I tried all the obvious things, like
After I had disentangled all the binary values stored there, I discovered something very odd
deleting com.apple.symbolichotkeys. plist but that didn’t make any difference. So I poked through the property list file using PlistEdit Pro (fatcatsoftware.com). After I had disentangled all the binary values stored there, I discovered something very odd. While the shortcut was listed as ç+≈+D in Keyboard preferences, the plist values were set to E, not D. Even weirder, ç+≈+E didn’t work either. After a bit more poking, I found some more shortcuts that don’t work either, like ß+ç+p to turn on Private Browsing in Safari.
Using PlistEdit Pro, I was able to hack the dictionary shortcut back to ç+≈+D and after a quick reboot it worked again. But how was it disabled in the first place? I don’t know yet, but my curiosity is definitely piqued…