Startup keyboard shortcuts
Press the key or key combination until the expected function occurs/appears (for example, hold Option during startup until Startup Manager appears, or Shift until “Safe Boot” appears). Tip: If a startup function doesn’t work and you use a third-party keyboard, connect an Apple keyboard and try again.
|Key or key combination||What it does|
|Option||Display all bootable volumes (Startup Manager)|
|Shift||Perform a Safe Boot (start up in Safe Mode)|
|C||Start from bootable media (DVD, CD, USB thumb drive, and so forth)|
|T||Start in FireWire target disk mode|
|N||Start from NetBoot server|
|X||Force Mac OS X startup (if non-Mac OS X startup volumes are present)|
|Command-V||Start in Verbose Mode|
|Command-S||Start in Single User Mode|
See also: Startup key combinations for Intel-based Macs.
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