Apr 16

How to Deal with a Mac When Not Being Used

Dear Mac users, how do you deal with your favorite Mac when you don’t use it? Shutdown, sleeps, or always keeps it turned on? Have you ever though of which is the best and why? Here is solution on how to deal with a Mac when not being used. Continue reading this passage to learn more information about how to manage your ac when not being used.

how to deal with a mac when not being used

1. Sleeping

When you are not using your Mac, you can put it to sleep in order to save energy. When your Mac is in sleep state, it is still open, but consumes very little power. It takes less time to wake your Mac up from sleeping than to reboot after powering off. As soon as your Mac is wake up from sleep, applications, presentations, and computer settings will be consistent with the state before you leave.

Advantages: When you launch the Mac from sleeping, it will access to working state soon; Sleep and wake can be both set by regular or remotely.
Disadvantages: A small amount of electricity consumption; the temporary, exchange and cache file of the system will not be cleared during the boot process; system updates can not be installed automatically unless the user restart it manually; It’s better for a Mac with 4GB memory.

The feature enables a Mac to sleep state in a second! So, it is a good choice for Apple fans who wish to make the Mac to work after launching it. If you use a Mac every day, it is better for you to put it to sleep when you leave for a while or early morning rest time. But one thing you should remember: Reboot the system on a regular basis in order to complete the installation of system updates, which can be considered as a part of routine maintenance.

2. Shutting a Mac Down

When you are turning off a Mac, Mac OS X will close all open applications and its presentation; cancel the active user accounts, disconnect the power between the network and Internet services. It will take some minutes to close the Mac. During the shutdown process, the sleep indicator light will light up briefly.

Advantages: energy saving, not consume hardware; all the temporary, memory, swap and cache files will be cleared during the boot process. Major system updates can be installed directly.
Disadvantages: boot and return to the previous state requires a lot of time.

I believe that most of Mac users know that shutting down a Mac takes a bit long time. That is because when you want to close a Mac, the system needs to quit all open applications and documents. While you have to open applications and documents again in order to return to the previous working state. Although the Resume feature of OS X Lion can help you return the task you were dealing with as you wish, there is still “too slow” feeling, right? For those who cherish the hardware, attempts to extend the Mac life, it seems a best choice to shutdown. If you don’t use MacBook Pro in two days or longer, it’s better for you to shut down it.

3. Keeping a Mac on

Advantages: No need to wait to use at any time; Recover the working state immediately; To keep the server maintain a constant trouble-free operation; scheduled backups or perform system maintenance tasks during your leaving.
Disadvantages: Continuous energy consumption; Heat generated due to the machine running is harmful for the hard drive, fans, and the physical hardware.

Always keep a Mac on is another viable option, but it seems more suitable for server-based Mac computers. Of course, as described above, its advantages and disadvantages are particularly evident. If you are running a server or some kind of Media Center, it is inevitable to keep the Mac turned on, however, it is not the best choice for the average Mac users.

Mar 23

6 Methods to Force Quitting Mac Apps

It’s so frustrating when applications of your Mac OS X starts the infamously terrible spinning and seems to die! What should you do in this case? There are two choices for you to deal with it. One is to wait for the respond of apps. The other is to force quitting them. Here are 6 methods to force quitting Mac apps using the keyboard shortcuts or sequences. Hope these methods can help you save much time!

1. Force quitting the active Mac App through the keyboard

Press on Command + Option + Shift + Escape for a while until the App has been forced closing. It is the fastest way to force quitting the foreground application in Mac, so it is better for you to remember this keyboard shortcut.

2. Tune out the “Force Quit Applications” window

Click Command + Option + Esc to select an App that you want to quit from the pop up “Command + Option + Esc” window, the App will quit immediately.

3. Force quitting App from Dock

Hold down Option and click the Right Click on an App in the Dock, there will pop up the option “Force Quit”, just click the icon and the App would be closed without any confirmation.

4. Force quitting Apps from Apple Menu

Hold the “Shift” key and hit Apple Menu, find out “Force Quit” (App Name). This method is also easy to remember. However, it is not the best way, since the Apple Menu will not be available when Apps are unresponsive.

5. Force quitting Apps by using Activity Monitor

Callout the Spotlight by pressing Command + Space, after that, input the Activity Monitor. Now you need to choose the process name or ID you want to exit, and click the red “Quit Process”. This method will work in most status.

6. Force to quit by Terminal & kill Command

If all the methods above fail to quit apps, there is another way: using the Terminal & kill Command. Launch the Terminal and input the following Commands:

killall [processname]

For example, “Killall Safari” will “kill” all the Safari processes. In addition, if you know the process ID, you can also kill the apps through prcess ID.

Well, the kill commands will work in all occasions and there will be some side effects, such as it will not honoring Versions, Auto-Save and Windwos Restore, as a result, it will cause some data loss.

P.S. – How to force quit apps on iOS

There is another way to force quitting apps on iOS except long press “Home” key. That is: holding down Power button, when the slide to power options pop up, simply hold the Home key until the app has been closed.