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Energy Saver: Scheduling Startup and Sleep Times
Energy Saver: Using the Energy Saver Preferences Pane to Schedule Startup and Sleep Times

You can schedule startup, sleep, restart, and shutdown times.

You can use the Energy Saver preferences pane to schedule times for your Mac to start up or wake from sleep, as well as a time for your Mac to go to sleep.

Setting a startup time can be useful when you have a routine schedule you keep, such as starting to work with your Mac every weekday morning at 8 am. By setting a schedule, your Mac will be awake and ready to go when you are.

Setting a startup schedule is also a good idea if you have a group of automated tasks that run every time you start up. For instance, you may back up your Mac each time you turn your Mac on. Since these types of tasks take a little while to complete, having your Mac start up automatically before you get to work on your Mac insures these routine tasks are finished and your Mac is ready to work.

Scheduling Startup and Sleep Times

  1. In the Energy Saver preferences pane window, click the ‘Schedule’ button.
  2. The sheet that drops down will contain two options: ‘Setting a Startup or Wake Time’ and ‘Setting a Sleep, Restart, or Shutdown time.’

Set a Startup or Wake Time

  1. Place a check mark in the ‘Startup or Wake’ box.
  2. Use the dropdown menu to select a specific day, weekdays, weekends, or every day.
  3. Enter the time of day to wake or start up.
  4. Click ‘OK’ when you’re done.

Set a Sleep, Restart, or Shutdown Time

  1. Place a check mark in the box next to the ‘Sleep, Restart, or Shutdown’ menu.
  2. Use the dropdown menu to select whether you wish to sleep, restart, or shut down your Mac.
  3. Use the dropdown menu to select a specific day, weekdays, weekends, or every day.
  4. Enter the time of day for the event to occur.
  5. Click ‘OK’ when you’re done.
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