How to Turn on a Mac Computer

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Learn how to power on your Macintosh computers. Find the sometimes, hard to find power button on all new models. Whether you have the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Mini, or the Mac Pro Desktop, read this article to locate your power button and get your Mac Computer up and running.


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      Standard Power Button

      Locate your power button. Your power button can be found on the front of your Mac Pro desktop, the back of your Mac Mini (top-right), the back of your iMac (bottom-left), or on top-right of your keyboard on your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air when you open the laptop.

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      Press the power button once to turn on the computer.

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      The button should illuminate and the computer should turn on. To verify that your computer is turned on, you should be able to see the Apple logo on your screen. If not, see my tips below for some troubleshooting steps.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your Macintosh computer does not turn on, check and make sure that the power cord is securely connected.

  • If your Macintosh computer seems to be on, but not responsive, hold the power button down until the computer turns off (about 5-10 seconds). Press the power button again to turn on your computer.

  • When playing with electronics, always take precaution when plugging in and unplugging the computer.

  • If you hear any strange sounds coming out of the computer around the power supply, unplug the power immediately.

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