OS X Yosemite: How to take charge of Mac startups

Even startups can be productive

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You can schedule your Mac to Start up, Sleep, Restart and Shut Down using Energy Saver.

  • System Preferences>Energy Saver
  • Select “Schedule…” at the bottom right of the menu.

In the next window you’ll be able to schedule your Mac’s routine. In combination with Login Items your Mac can be ready for action the moment you reach your desk.


Handoff lets you work (using supported apps) seamlessly across OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 systems. For example:

Begin an email on an iPhone, finish it on a Mac

Write a Pages document on Mac, finish it on the iPad

To use Handoff, all devices must be running the latest OS, be logged into the same iCloud account and be on the same Wi-Fi network. Bluetooth 4.0+ must be supported and active.

Setup the Mac: System Preferences>General and tick “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices”.

Setup iOS: Settings>General>Handoff & Suggested Apps and set Handoff to ON on all the devices you wish to use.

Now you can start projects before you reach your Mac.

Essential startup key combos

Disable login items and Finder windows on log in: Hold down the Shift key after clicking the login button.

Safe Mode: Hold down the Shift key when you hear the startup tone. This mode is good when troubleshooting.

OS X’s Recovery Tools: Press Command-R when you restart the Mac.

Apple Diagnostics or Apple Hardware Test: Press the D key when you restart.

Manually Restart: Hold down the power button for around 10-seconds until it shuts down, release and press again to restart.

Faster startup

Your Mac will relaunch any apps that were running when it shut down, which can slow startups. To get around this, uncheck the “Reopen windows when logging back in” box and apps will not be launched. You should also edit your login items from time to time to make sure you still want them to launch on startup.

One more thing

Want to move, resize or hide your Dock? Hover your cursor over the thin dividing line between folders and apps in the Dock, and when the double-headed arrow appears Option click on it to take control.

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