3. Starting Up and Shutting Down

Who Should Read This Chapter:

If this is your first Mac, you might want to know the basics of how to set up, start, and shut it down. If you have owned a Mac before, you are probably familiar with these things and can skip most of this chapter, but you may want to read the last section, “To Sleep or To Shut Down,” if you’ve always thought that you should shut down your Mac when you are done using it.

Now that you’ve found the right Mac and have it ready in your home or office, you can get to work... or play. Let’s start by looking at how to set up your Mac, and then how to start it up. Before getting too far, we’ll look at how to shut off your Mac—and if you even should.

The basics are similar to Windows ...

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