The Mac Task Manager – Using The Task Manager in Mac OS X


Latest Mac users are coming from the windows world where they would access the Task Manager to end task and stop shifting processes. The Mac has it’s own Task Manager but it passes by another name as Activity Monitor. Their functions are simple way how to Task Manager does in windows letting you easily view, manager and end task, apps and any active processes that are running in Mac OS X. If you are strange with Activity Monitor or Task manager on the Mac in general, do not worry because despite it is infinite power and control it is not complicated to use. In this article, you are going to have a look at Mac Task Manager.

The Mac Task Manager:

Notwithstanding being named Activity Monitor many Mac switchers continue to refer to the user as the windows name of Task manager keep in mind that careless of the lingo used it is the related app utility being discussed and used. Remember the Task Manager for Mac = Activity Monitor!

The Mac Task Manager

Using The Task Manager in Mac OS X:

If you are handled to windows you would get to the Task Manager by hitting control+Alt+Del. In Mac OS X, it is a bit inconsistent. you can launch the application directly within it’s including the directory, through LaunchPad, drag it into the Dock, or use Spotlight for quick keyboard access.

Access The Mac Task Manager:

Activity Monitor is located in your app/Utilities/folder. The simplest way to get Activity Monitor in Mac OS X is to use Fame as a keyboard shortcut for smart access.

  • Hit Command+Spacebar to bring up the Fame search field
  • Type in Activity Monitor.
  • Hit the return key when Activity Monitor populates in the Fame result.
  • You are now in Activity Monitor where you can manage and manipulated task

it is often advised to sort task by CPU, but you can sort them by name, memory usage, process ID, and use the search box in the upper right corner to be able to locate particular tasks that match names or characters.

Activity Monitor is very strong because it does not only show you what apps are running for the active user, but it also displays system level task, kernel task, daemons, processes that belong to other users, quite literally every process will give up. If it is running around on Mac you can find it in this list.

Access The Mac Task Manager

Killing or Stopping a Task or Process With Activity Monitor:

By Activity Monitor, just click on the task or app you want to end and then click on the large red “Quit Process” button in the left corner of the application window. You will get a warning.

Hoping you have selected the processes or app you need to end by just clicking o the “Quick” button. If the application is being unresponsive you can click on the “Force Quit” button instead to quickly kill the process and stop the app from running without any further warning.

Killing or Stopping a Task or Process With Activity Monitor

Get System Stats, CPU, Memory Usage, Network, and Disk Info in Activity Monitor:

Watching at the bottom of Activity Monitor you can also get system usage info about your Mac device. Click on the tabs to see info about CPU, System Memory, Disk Usage, Disk Activity, and Network Activity usage.

If you need to see live system status and activity all the time, minimize Activity Monitor, then right-click on it’s Dock icon to enable many system activities monitors right in the Dock which will show live graphs rather of the standard icon. You can set them to be specific to CPU, Network, RAM usage, disk activity.

Get System Stats, CPU, Memory Usage, Network, and Disk Info in Activity Monitor

Hope you got a clear cut of The Mac Task Manager. If you have any queries let us know in comment sections.


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