Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
Powering off your Mac properly can avoid incurring problems like system file corruption. All it takes is a little patience and the right routine. You can use the Apple menu to turn off your computer, put it to sleep, or restart it, but with Terminal you can select even more options for shutting down your Mac, including logging off all users and setting up certain times for your Mac to shut down. These commands are extremely handy if you manage a server or remote Mac through SSH. Read on to learn more.
From AppleScript to Automator, there's pretty much nothing you can't automate on the Mac. That includes starting up and shutting down your Mac on a schedule. By implementing a schedule, you'll never need to touch your Mac's power button again. Fire up System Preferences and read on to learn how it's done.