How to Hard Reset a MacBook

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How to Hard Reset a MacBook
Hard resetting a MacBook can help give the computer new life. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

If your MacBook laptop is running slowly or performing in a strange manner, it may be necessary to reset the device's System Management Controller. This hard reset will give your computer a fresh start and possibly repair the issues you are having with the device. The hard reset process for a MacBook computer is similar to the hard reset process on other computers, involving booting up the system while holding a specific set of keys.

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  1. 1

    Click the "Apple" icon in the computer's menu bar and select the "Shut Down ... " option from the Apple menu. Allow several seconds for the computer to shut down.

  2. 2

    Plug the MacBook's MagSafe power adaptor into the MagSafe port on the side of the laptop.

  3. 3

    Press the "Shift," "Ctrl" and "Option" keys and the power button simultaneously. Release the all of the buttons simultaneously.

  4. 4

    Press and release the power button by itself to turn on the computer. The computer's SMC will now be reset when the computer boots up.

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