How To Automatically Start Up and Shut Down Your Mac

If you’re as lazy as I am, you really couldn’t be bothered with shutting down your computer every night before sleeping, and then having to turn it on again in the morning. Besides, being a minor annoyance, this really shouldn’t be a necessity in the 21st century! I mean, shouldn’t the computer know when I’m not using it, and turn itself off automatically?

Imagine if your computer would shutdown on it’s own every night after you’ve finished using it and then be available the first thing in the morning as soon as you wake up? Imagine the amount of electricity you would be saving ?

If I were to tell you, you could have this functionality for free, right now with Mac OS X, would you believe me ?

Well, it turns out that Apple really did think about people like you and I while designing Mac OS X, because they have a solution for this very problem.

Start by opening System Preferences

Click on the Energy Saver icon as indicated above. This is where you make all settings related to power management and energy use on your Mac, including the auto start up and shutdown settings we’re interested in. Click the Schedule button.

A pop-up dialogue will appear where you can indicate the time you want your Mac to start up and shutdown. You can also choose a setting to, say, reboot the Mac every Wednesday. Unfortunately there is no way to have multiple settings for one event.

You can, of course, also choose to only put your Mac to sleep instead of a full shutdown if that’s what you prefer.

This is just one of the many hidden gems in Mac OS X that’d make your computing life so much easier. Do you guys know of any other little know OS X features ? Let us know of your favorite ones in the comments.