It is important to know what apps or processes are running on your Mac because some of these apps might slow down your Mac. Below are 4 different ways to view all running apps and processes on your Mac.
Why all running apps and processes appear on Mac
If you are coming from a Windows computer, you must be used to opening Task Manager on your Windows computer to have a look at all running apps and processes on your computer.
On a Mac, there are multiple ways to view all running apps and programs, from the simple option of using the Dock to using the Terminal command.
In general, the purpose of looking at All the running apps and programs on your Mac is to get an idea of what programs are actively running on your Mac, what resources they are using, and also rule out the possibility of unnecessary programs running in the background and consumes resources on your computer.
View all running apps and processes on Mac using Activity Monitor on Mac
Activity Monitor can be described as the Mac equivalent of a task manager on a Windows computer. Activity Monitor provides a very good overview of the app and processes running on your Mac and the amount of resources used by those apps and processes.
1. Click on that finder Icon in the left corner of the dock (see image below)
2. On the next screen, click applications in the left sidebar menu and then click the Utilities folder.
3. In the Utilities folder, click activity monitor This should be the first item in the Utilities folder (see image below).
4. Once Activity Monitor opens, you can see a list of all of them processes or applications currently running on your Mac (see image below)
As you can see in the image above, there are 5 different tabs in Activity Monitor -> CPU, Memory, Energy, Disk and Network.
If you click on each tab, you will see more details. For example, if you click on the Memory tab, you can see how much memory each process is using. Similarly, clicking on the CPU tab will show you the amount of CPU used by each of those apps and processes running on your Mac.
5. To view more information about a specific process or application, simple click on application/process and then on the I Icon button in the top left corner of the screen (see image below).
6. To force quit an application or process easily from Activity Monitor click on the application you want to quit, and then click the x button on the top left of your screen (see image below)
View all running apps on Mac with Force Quit Applications Manager
Another method to check all running apps and programs on your Mac is the application manager “Force Quit” on Mac.
1. Click on that Apple icon in the top menu bar of your Mac and then click Force quit the application in the drop down menu (see image below).
2. This will open the Force Quit Applications Manager, which will show you all the running apps on your Mac
3. To easily force quit any of these applications click on the application from the list and click on the Force quit Button.
View running apps and processes on Mac with Terminal command
The terminal also shows you a detailed view of what applications and processes are running on your Mac, along with the percentage of CPU used by each of those applications/processes.
1. To open Terminal on your Mac, do a Spotlight search for Terminal by pressing command + place keys on your Mac keyboard and search for terminal in Spotlight search. (See image below)
2. Next double click Click the Terminal option or press Enter on your Mac’s keyboard to open Terminal
3. Type in the terminal top-o CPU and press the Enter key on your keyboard
This will show you a list of all running apps and processes with the apps using the most CPU at the top of the list.
4. To reorganize this list, close and reopen the terminal. Once the terminal reopens, enter it above – or size and press Enter on your keyboard.
Now, applications or processes that consume the most memory will be at the top of the list, and the applications or processes that are using the least memory will be at the bottom of the list.
Show that apps are running from Dock
The easiest way to see running apps on your Mac is to simply glance at your Dock.
All running applications have one black point under the application icon (see image below)
Although this method is easy to follow, sometimes it doesn’t show you all the apps that are running in the background or even what processes are running in the background.
This method also doesn’t give you many details, such as: For example, how much memory each application is using or how much CPU is being used by each application.
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