If you are new to the Mac OS, then it is normal to ask “how to open task manager on Mac?” This is because of the fact that Mac OS is very different from that of the windows OS. The task manager on Mac shows the programs that are running. It also tells you the memory used by each of these programs. And the task manager for Mac is called “Activity Monitor”. So, let’s see how to open the Mac task manager.
Steps to open the task manager for Mac
The simplest way of opening the task manager Mac is with the help of Spotlight. Spotlight is the built-in feature for searching the apps, settings, and files by using minimum keystrokes.
You have to press Cmd+Space on your Mac to open Spotlight. After that, in the search bar, you have to write “Activity Monitor” and click on the “Return” key. Then, the Activity Monitor will show up on the screen.
However, if you are not willing to use Spotlight, then you can use the task manager of the Mac OS. You will be able to use it with the help of the Launchpad icon. After that, you have to folder called “Others”. In this folder, you will be able to see the Activity Monitor icon.
Another method of opening the Activity Manager is by using the “Finder”. Then, with the help of “Finder”, you have to go to “Application”. After that, you have to click on “Utilities”. Here you will be able to find the “Activity Monitor”.
How to keep the task manager in Mac in the Dock
There is also a method of keeping the mac task manager at hand by placing it permanently on the Dock. When you will open the mac task manager, it will appear in the Dock, but as soon you quit the app, it will disappear from the Dock.
You can place it permanently on the Dock by doing right-click on the icon. After that, you have to click on “Options”. Then, you have to select the option of “Keep in Dock”. After this, the Mac task manager will remain in the Dock even after you close it.
How to use the task manager for Mac
The task manager in Mac, Activity Monitor, is one of the most important tool of the Mac OS. Here are the things you can do with the help of the Mac task manager:-
Monitoring parameters of the system
You will see 5 tabs as soon as you open the Mac task manager. These tabs are of the network, Disk, Energy Memory and CPU. You will be able to find out which process is affecting the performance of your Mac by analyzing the data.
Within the pane of Network, you will be able to recognize the process which ate receiving and processing the most amount of data. The amount of data that has been written and read from your disk is shown on the Disk pane.
The data for the amount of energy used by your Mac will be available in the Energy pane. And, the use of energy by the app and the overall usage of energy is shown in the Energy pane. The processes which are affecting the processor activity are shown in the CPU pane.
Viewing info about different processes or apps
In the task manager for Mac, you can check the information about the processes happening on the computer. By following the given steps, you will be able to view the information:-
- First of all, you have to select the application, whose information you want to know.
- After that, you have to click the “i” button. You will be able to locate it at the top left corner of the screen.
- Then, a pop-up window will appear and it will contain all the additional information on the process or the app.
As the task manager Mac is very useful in getting additional information for the apps and the processes, it will be very helpful in detecting any problems with your Mac.
Steps for force quitting applications in task manager Mac
There can be times when an application freezes. At this moment you will be unable to quit the application. So, to quit the application, you can take the help of Activity Monitor, the Mac task manager. You can shut it down by following the given steps:-
- First of all, you have to open the task manager Mac. And then, you have to select the application you are willing to force quit.
- Next, at the top left corner of the screen, you have to click on the X button.
- After that, a pop-up window will show up on the screen asking if you want to quit the process.
- Now, you have to click on the option of “Quit”. This will close the app which has stopped working.
- However, if you find that the app is not closing, then you have to select the option to “Force Quit”. This will terminate the process immediately.
I hope that you have understood the process of how to open task manager on Mac. The Mac task manager also helps to monitor your computer and all the processes on it. So, by clearly understanding the process of using the task manager for Mac, you will be able to use your Mac OS more effectively and efficiently.