OS X Yosemite: Start up in safe mode

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Start up in safe mode

Starting up in safe mode may help you diagnose problems you’re having with your Mac.

Important:   To print these instructions, click the Share button in the Help window, then choose Print.
  1. Choose Apple menu > Shut Down.

  2. After your Mac shuts down, wait 10 seconds, then press the power button.

  3. Immediately after you hear the startup tone, hold down the Shift key.

    You should press the Shift key as soon as possible after you hear the startup tone, but not before.

  4. Release the Shift key when you see the gray Apple logo and progress indicator.

To leave safe mode, restart your Mac again, but don’t hold down any keys during startup.

Published Date: Sep 15, 2017
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