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Configuration profile to remove Shut Down option from Apple menu on Mac

Admins may often initiate time-consuming actions that require the device to remain turned on throughout the entirety of its execution. There may also be instances wherein the device has a faulty power-on button, so an unintended shutdown could turn the device off, preventing the user from turning it back on. In such scenarios, when a user shutting down their macOS device is not favored, admins can hide the shutdown option from the Apple menu by deploying a custom configuration profile from the Hexnode UEM portal.


The configuration profile provided below is adapted from a third-party open-source site.

Hide Shut Down option from Apple Menu

What happens at the device end?

Once the configuration profile is deployed, the Shut Down option will be removed from the Apple menu.

Shutdown option hidden in Apple menu


  • To create and customize configuration profiles, you can use tools like Apple Configurator, Profile Manager or manually create them using text editors.
  • Use non-encrypted .mobileconfig, .xml, or plist files to deploy profiles across macOS devices.
  • Ensure that you do not associate conflicting configurations with the devices.
  • Use wildcards to fetch key values from the portal.
  • It is recommended to manually validate the configuration profile execution on a system before executing the action in bulk.
  • Hexnode will not be responsible for any damage/loss to the system on the behavior of the configuration profile.

  • Configuration Profile Repository