To shut down a Mac, you can follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple Menu:
    • In the top-left corner of your screen, you’ll see the Apple logo. Click on it.
  2. Select “Shut Down”:
    • A dropdown menu will appear. Move your cursor down and select “Shut Down.”
  3. Confirmation:
    • A confirmation dialog box will appear, asking if you are sure you want to shut down your Mac. Click “Shut Down” to confirm.

Alternatively, you can use a keyboard shortcut to bring up the dialog box:

  1. Press Command (⌘) + Control + Eject (⏏):
    • If your Mac doesn’t have an eject key, you can use the Power button instead.
  2. Confirmation:
    • Just like using the Apple Menu, a confirmation dialog box will appear. Press “Return” or click “Shut Down” to confirm.

After confirming, your Mac will begin the shutdown process, closing all open applications and ending all running processes before turning off. Once the screen goes black, and you no longer hear any fan or drive noise, your Mac is completely shut down.

Remember, it’s essential to allow your Mac to go through the proper shutdown process to avoid potential data loss or other issues. Avoid simply turning off the power without properly shutting down the system.

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