Are you facing some sort of issues regarding your Mac performance? These issues may vary from slow Mac performance to running programs on your Mac OS X. As you all know, Mac is a little different from another PC. It has Activity Monitor of its own. We usually see Task Manager in other simple computers. It isn’t difficult to go with Activity Monitor in Mac. It’s super easy!

In Activity Monitor we can perform multiple tasks like the view, manage and end applications in no time. I am going to provide you with enough info about how you can tackle the Activity Monitor in Mac. Try these things to perform your basic operations that are not easily done by simple methods like quitting of applications. I hope these are going to work for any Mac OS X user. 

Activity Monitor is the Task Manager for Mac

Mac’s Task Manager is called Activity Monitor. Most of the users having Windows Operating Systems, don’t feel uncomfortable while using Activity Monitor in Mac OS X and they call it as Task Manager. It deals with the performance of each and every part or application in the system in one place. It is approximately 90% equivalent to Task Manager which is being used in Windows Operating System. 

How can you Open the Task Manager in Mac? 

It is very easy to find Activity Monitor in your Mac. I am going to provide you the easiest ways to open the application. First of all, It can be found in /applications/utilities/folder. It’s just the location. You don’t need to follow this path to access Task Manager in Mac OS X. 

You can go this way: 

  • Open search bar or Press Keyboard Shortcut Keys Command+Spacebar.
  • Type Activity Monitor there in the search field and Mac will start showing it up.
  • Press ‘Return Key’ when it comes in the search results.
  • Now, you’re in. Manage your desired tasks and see what’s going on there in your Mac OS X. 

Here’s another way of accessing the Activity Monitor when you find it once. 

  • Just Right click on the Activity Monitor. 
  • It’ll be showing menu, choose options and click Dock option to access it easily whenever you want in just one click. 

How can we use it? 

Activity Monitor in Mac OS X can perform multiple tasks and shows the overall performance of the system. When you open it shows some tabs e.g. CPU (Central Processing Unit), Memory, Disks, System Energy and Network. You can check there whether these are harming you Mac or not. 

  • CPU bar tells us how applications are working and affecting the activity of our Mac OS X. 
  • Memory bar’s concept is easy to understand. It tells us about the memory that is being used by the running applications. You can turn them off if you feel if it’s too much for your Mac. 
  • Energy Pane shows the energy of the system that is being used in your Mac. It shows the overall energy of the system as well as the energy used by a single Application. 
  • The disk pane deals with the data that each application or process has read from the internal memory of your Mac and it also mentions the data that has written to the disks. 
  • It is easy to find out how much data is being sent or received by a single application. It also shows overall network data. 

How to Force Quit Applications in the Task Manager (Activity Monitor)? 

Are you facing problems stopping your applications in Mac? No worries. It happens sometimes when your Mac Freezes or shows up some other error. You can follow the below mentioned steps to perform force quit. 

  1. You need to open Activity Monitor and click application which shows some errors and not stopping anymore.
  2. There is an ‘X’ button on the upper left side of the Activity Monitor. Click that button.
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  4. A pop-up window comes up asking if you want to quit your mentioned application. 
  5. Click quit, it’ll stop the running applications that are causing any sort of disturbance in your Mac OS X. 
  6. If it’s still running, use force quit option, Activity Monitor will do the rest. 

Control+Alt+Delete Option in Mac OS X

There are some shortcut keys that windows users use for performing some specific tasks. They use ‘Control+Alt+Delete’ key to open Force quit application manager. Don’t worry, it is the same for Mac as well. Mac users can use the same command to open the Force quit Application manager. 

  • This is specifically for the users who are trying to end unresponsive applications running in the background. 
  • To open Force quit application manager, you need to hold down Command+Option+Escape keys. Making use of it, you can quit applications that are troubling you. 
  • It is a bit energy consuming but can help. If you’re more concerned with stopping unresponsive applications, then don’t care about energy consumption and open Force Quit Application Manager for immediate quitting of unresponsive or held applications. 

These were a few great features of Activity Monitor in your Mac. Your Mac’s performance is captured through Activity Monitor and it helps you to identify problems there. Anyone can go through these mentioned steps to resolve any issues in a quick time. This is a little guide that can help you in performing basic system actions. You can see everything that is happening to your Mac in one place and that is Activity Monitor! 


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