How To Use Task Manager In Mac OS X Computer

You might feel confusing when switch from Windows operating system to Mac OS X as you don’t know how to stop or close a running application. In Windows, it’s very easy to stop a process by opening Task Manager and select “End Process”.

In Mac OS X, it also has task manager application, but it has another name: Activity Monitor (Task Manager Mac). Features of Activity Monitor application are very similar to the Task Manager in Windows. You can easy to view, manage and close any active process that’s running in Mac OS X. It’s very easy to use.

How To Open Task Manager For Mac

In Windows, if you want to launch the Task Manager, simply press Ctrl + Alt + Del or right-click on the taskbar and select “Start Task Manager”.

Start Task Manager in Mac

But if you want to open the Activity Monitor: a Task Manager for Mac, go to Applications > Utilities, and then select “Activity Monitor” application.

Open Task Manager Mac
Open Task Manager Mac

Simplest Way To Open The Mac Task Manager

There is another way that could help you to open “Activity Monitor” program easier and quicker.

Also Read: How To Uninstall Programs On Mac OS X Computer.

  • Simply press Command + Space key to launch Spotlight search field.
  • Type “Activity Monitor” in the search field and press “Enter” or “Return”.
Use Splotlight to open Activity Monitor: a Mac Task Manager
Use Spotlight to open Activity Monitor: a Mac Task Manager

The Activity Monitor is a very powerful task manager application as it’s not only displaying running applications under user-level, but also shows running applications under system-level or kernel level and a few other processes. If a program is running on your Mac computer, you can find it with Activity Monitor (Mac Task Manager or Task Manager for Mac), never miss any task.

Mac Task Manager

It allows you to sort processes by ID, name and memory usage. Also, you can search for a specific process that match characters or names.

Kill Process In Mac

If you want to force quit an application that doesn’t respond, simply use the key combination: Command + Option + Esc to bring up Force Quit Application. Select the application you want to close, and click on “Force Quit”.

Force Quit Application
Force Quit Application

If you have any question about Activity Monitor application, feel free to ask us.