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Common Boot/Startup Keys

Stop trying every startup key just to find the boot or BIOS menu. Here is our list on boot and startup keys for PC and Apple computers.

Manufacturer/BrandTypeModelsKeys/Functions
AcerDesktop PCAspire TC-885-UA91DEL - BIOS Menu
F12 - Boot Menu
HPLaptop PC12z-ak000ESC - Pause Startup
F1 - System Information
F2 - System Diagnostics
F9 - Boot Menu
F10 - BIOS Setup
F11 - System Recovery
HPDesktop PCProdesk 600 G6ESC - Startup Menu
F1 - System Information
F2 - System Diagnostics
F3 - 3rd Party Option ROM Management
F6 - ME Setup
F9 - Boot Menu
F10 - BIOS Setup
F11 - System Restore
F12 - Network Boot
Apple--Intel Based MacCommand+R - macOS Recovery
Option or ALT - Startup Manager
Option+Command+P+R - Reset NVRAM or PRAM
Shift - Safe Mode
D - Apple Diagnostics
Option+D - Apple Diagnostics over the internet
N - Start from a NetBoot server
Command+S - Single User Mode
T - Target Disk Mode
Command+V - Verbose Mode
Apple--Apple Silicon BasedTurn on your Mac and continue to hold the power button, replace when you see the startup options screen.