Paper Clip Option Clip

There are multiple boot drives on my Mac. If I want to use one other than the default drive I need to hold down the Option key while it's booting up. Then when the available drives are displayed I select the one I want and off I go.

And I've just wasted 45 seconds of my life! I've got other stuff to do that I can't do while I'm stuck an arm's length from the keyboard.

So here's an alternative: The Paper Clip Option Clip

Step 1: The Raw Material:

The raw material:

One large (not the wimpy small type) paper clip.

Step 2: Crafting the Solution

Lift the smaller loop up and back allowing it to bend at the places shown.

Step 3: Freedom!

After your Mac make its initial "bong", slip the paper clip between the Option key and the bottom of the keyboard.

Now you can run around and do whatever florid little tasks your heart desires. I usually check my phone for messages.



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    3 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Oh, you also have the ash tray keyboard xD

    Actually you only need to hold the Alt key until the "bong" is audible. That takes only a few seconds, not really the time for getting a coffee. But once you start the boot with a click, you could well have a coffee break.


    2 years ago

    Great Idea! Since I don't own a Mac, I figured this could also apply to a PC but instead on the F4 key.


    2 years ago

    Such a simple solution to a simple problem! I love it! Thanks for sharing and welcome to the community!