How to Reset My MacBook Pro

Updated April 17, 2017

Resetting your MacBook Pro is a way to fix a problem that cannot be resolved through other methods, such as restarting your computer or force quitting a program. You may need to reset your MacBook Pro if the laptop is operating unusually slowly; if the laptop does not respond as it should when the power button is pushed; or if the laptop shuts down on its own without being powered off.

Plug the MacBook Pro into a power source and shut down the laptop.

Press and hold "Shift," "Control," "Option" and the power button simultaneously. Release all buttons simultaneously.

Press power to turn on the computer.

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Vanessa Padgalskas was born and raised in Spokane, Wash., and currently resides in Portland, Ore. Padgalskas graduated from American University in 2007 with degrees in international studies and economics. She holds a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School.