This is what we can do when our Mac does not want to exit the screensaver without having to restart it

The screensaver on our Mac no longer has the task of protecting our monitor during periods of inactivity, but it does add a touch of color and, above all, it prevents other people from seeing what we are doing on our Mac while we are away. So far so good, the fun begins when we sit in front of the Mac and, for whatever reason, the screensaver refuses to go away.

Four resources before the reset

Fortunately, we have several resources to put in place when this happens. Go ahead that this situation is not, far from it, common, and that a simple restart solves the error, but what we want to avoid is, precisely, going through that restart. We want resolve the situation in a non-disruptive way. This is what we can do:

  1. If we find ourselves in front of a MacBook, the best we can do is lower the lid, wait about 15 seconds, and reopen it. After this, a touch on any key should take us to the desktop, without further ado.
  2. Another option is to lock the screen, something that we can also do on a MacBook and that we will use as a first resort on Macs without an integrated monitor. To lock the screen we press Command (⌘) + Control (⌃) + Q. Then we press the esc key to turn off the screen and after about 15 seconds we press any key to enter our Mac.
  3. If this doesn’t work either we can hold down the Mac power button to put it to sleep. To do this we will keep it pressed for just a couple of seconds, if we hold it longer we will turn it off. After sleep and 15 seconds of waiting we should be able to use our Mac again.
  4. The next option is already somewhat more forceful, in this case we will press Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + Q and then Enter to log out. Then we will log in normally.
  5. Lastly, if none of this works, the easiest thing will be to restart the Mac. Yes, it takes some time and we may have to reopen the apps we were using, but this definitely fixes the error. To do this, we simply hold down the power button for about 10 seconds, until the computer turns off, and then turn it back on.

As we said at the beginning, the truth is that it is a very unusual situation. But quite annoying when, sometimes, it happens. A situation that, depending on what work we were carrying out with the Mac, we will want to resolve without having to resort to a restart, in the end, not all apps have automatic saving of the information.

If the situation were repeated, beyond some very specific case, the recommendation would go through check if we have any update pending to install, especially on older operating systems. Like any error caused from the software, we always have the peace of mind that the solution is within our reach.

In any case, if we have been absent from the desk for five minutes and when we return the Mac seems to want to be on vacation, we now have some resources with which we can continue to work with him quickly.

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