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Booting into recovery mode on a Mac usually requires rebooting the computer and holding option + R. There are times where option+R is not working on certain keyboards, usually a Windows keyboard. To boot into recovery mode on a Mac having this issue:

  1. Open the terminal
  2. type: sudo nvram internet-recovery-mode=RecoveryModeDisk && sudo reboot
  3. Your Mac will reboot into recovery mode

Once in recovery mode, make any necessary changes. When done, reboot the Mac to exit recovery mode.