How to get back into OS X from Windows when using Boot Camp

how to boot back into os x from windows camp mavericks mac logo
Boot Camp isn’t exactly a feature that’s new to Mac OS X, but perhaps you’ve only recently introduced yourself to it. Installing Windows on a Mac and dual booting it with OS X via Boot Camp is one thing, but what do you do if you want to boot back into OS X from Windows? We recently toyed around with Boot Camp, loading Windows 8.1 on Apple’s latest iMac, and found that getting back into OS X from Microsoft’s desktop operating system may not exactly be straightforward for everyone.

That’s why we’re putting this quick guide together. Here, you’ll learn how to get back to OS X in the event you’ve used Boot Camp to install and use Windows on your Mac.

There are one of two primary methods that we tested. If you’re already in Windows via Boot Camp, you need to right-click on the Boot Camp icon in the bottom right hand corner of the Taskbar in the classic desktop UI. Then, click on “Restart in OS X.” Once you do, your Mac will deliver on what that button promises, and you should be back in the familiar confines of Mavericks (or whatever version of OS X you use) in no time.

Boot Camp 1

However, what if your Mac is set up to boot into Windows as soon as you power it on, and you don’t want to go through the dance of having to boot into Windows just to have to get back into OS X every time you want to use Apple’s desktop OS? Fortunately, there’s a simple way around that.

All you need to do to boot straight into OS X is press and hold the “Option” button on your Mac’s keyboard as soon as you power the system on. Keep holding it, and about 10 seconds later, your Mac will prompt you to select between two booting options: OS X, and Windows. Select OS X, and your rig will boot you straight to it with no further input from you.

Computing

Here’s how to install Windows on a Chromebook

If you want to push the functionality of your new Chromebook to another level, and Linux isn't really your deal, you can try installing Windows on a Chromebook. Here's how to do so, just in case you're looking to nab some Windows-only…
Gaming

How to Install an SSD in a PlayStation 4 or PS4 Pro

SSDs are much faster than mechanical hard drives, which is what the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro come with. Here, we show you how to replace it with an SSD, which will allow you to boot to the OS faster and load games quicker.
Computing

Is your PC slow? Here's how to restore Windows 10 to factory settings

Computers rarely work as well after they've accumulated files and misconfigured settings. Thankfully, with this guide, you'll be able to restore your PC to its original state by learning how to factory reset Windows.
Computing

Need to combine a PDF? Here's how to get it done on both Windows and Mac

Sometimes juggling multiple files at once is more of a hassle than a convenience, especially when a single file would do. This quick guide will teach you how to combine PDF files on Windows, MacOS, or with online tools.
Computing

A dead pixel doesn't mean a dead display. Here's how to repair it

Dead pixel got you down? We don't blame you. Check out our guide on how to fix a dead pixel and save yourself that costly screen replacement, or an unwanted trip to your local repair shop.
Computing

Great PC speakers don't need to break the bank. These are our favorites

Not sure which PC speakers work best with your computer? Here are the best computer speakers on the market, whether you're working with a tight budget or looking to rattle your workstation with top-of-the-line audio components.
Computing

Printing to PDF in Windows is easy, no matter which method you use

Microsoft's latest operating system makes it easier than ever to print to PDF in Windows, but there are alternative methods for doing so, even if you want to forgo Adobe Acrobat. Here's how.
Computing

These are the 5 best free antivirus apps to protect your MacBook

Malware protection is more important than ever, even if you eschew Windows in favor of Apple's desktop platform. Thankfully, protecting your machine is as easy as picking from the best free antivirus apps for Mac suites.
Computing

These laptop bags will keep your notebook secure wherever you go

Choosing the right laptop bag is no easy feat -- after all, no one likes to second-guess themselves. Here are some of the best laptop bags on the market, from backpacks to sleeves, so you can get it right the first time around.
Computing

These Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts will update your OG Windows skills

Windows 10 has many new features, and they come flanked with useful new keyboard shortcuts. Check out some of the new Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts to improve your user experience.
Computing

Protecting your PDF with a password isn't difficult. Just follow these steps

If you need to learn how to password protect a PDF, you have come to the right place. This guide will walk you through the process of protecting your documents step-by-step, whether you're running a MacOS or Windows machine.
Computing

Don't know what to do with all your old DVDs? Here's how to convert them to MP4

Given today's rapid technological advancements, physical discs are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Check out our guide on how to convert a DVD to MP4, so you can ditch discs for digital files.
Deals

Black Friday 2018: The best deals so far

Black Friday is the biggest shopping holiday of the year, and it will be here before you know it. If you can't wait until November 23 to start formulating a shopping plan, we've got you covered.
Apple

iPhone users are finding themselves randomly locked out of their Apple ID

According to posts on Reddit and Twitter, it looks like users on Reddit and Twitter having some issues with their Apple accounts. Specifically, it seems as though users are getting randomly locked out of their Apple IDs.