How to Use the Mac Task Manager

How to Use the Mac Task Manager
Are you really typing “Mac Task Manager” in Google search query? If it so then you are very new to Mac. Am I correct? Users feel strange with the new platform and features when changing from Windows operating system (OS) to Apple’s Mac OS X.


The biggest challenge one can face while switching is learning how to end a task with the help of the Mac equivalent of Windows Task Manager. Let me tell you guys it is not tough at all and there’s too a Mac Task Manager which is known as Activity Monitor.

Task Manager on Mac, which goes by the name of Activity Monitor Mac OS, is an application that allows you to view and monitor all active processes running on your computer. It lets you monitor what’s happening on your computer and provide you with the ability to shut down the processes and file system which are creating problem to your system.

The most asked question by users who switched from windows to mac is, How to use Mac Task Manager.

Well, to all those Mac users, we have come with a complete guide which explains What task manager on Mac is, how to open it, what it can do and more. So keep reading it.

What is Mac Task Manager

Task managers are very helpful when it comes to knowing the performance and disk usage of the process and the applications in our computer systems. Mac task manager offers users the same features. If your computer is running unexpectedly slow, you can open Mac Activity Monitor to determine which applications are consuming the highest amount of resources.

With the help of the task manager, you can manage the happenings within the monitor. Also, you will be able to switch off or shut down the misbehaviour of your applications and all your software.

Like the Windows Task manager, even task manager on Mac helps you to monitor and control every task and files that you use in your Mac system.

Be ready to analyze and measure details about the PC performance, application behaviour and other operations that take place within your Mac system. But before that learn how to open task manager on Mac.

How to Open Task Manager on Mac or Activity Monitor

In Mac, the procedure to open task Manager is a little different. Mac Activity Monitor (Task Manager) is located in your /Applications/Utilities/ folder.

How to open Activity Monitor-1

For quick access, use Spotlight. Below are steps to open task manager on Mac.

#Step1: Use keyboard Press Command+Spacebar to get the Spotlight search field.

#Step2: Search for or Type “Activity Monitor”.

#Step3: You can see the Activity Monitor field will appear on your screen. Double click on it to run.

However, if Spotlight doesn’t work then, there’s another way to open Mac activity monitor.

How to open Activity Monitor-2

Follow the below steps:

#Step1: Click on the Finder icon in the Dock.

#Step2: Choose Applications from the side menu of the window that appears.

#Step3: In the Applications folder, select the Utility folder and open it.

#Step4: Double-click on the Activity Monitor icon to launch it.

Now here comes the most important task and that is how to use Activity Monitor Mac.

How to use Mac Task Manager

There are lots of similarities between the Windows and Mac Task Manager in terms of functionality. When you open the Activity Monitor in Mac, you can choose to view information about CPU, Memory, Energy, Disk, and Network usage. These tabs will help you to analyze and measure the functioning of the Mac operating system.

Under each category, you will get to see the performance of your computer. You can check whether anything is using too much memory, CPU etc or making your computer unresponsive.

Let’s talk about the activity monitor functionalities one by one.


How to Use Mac Task Manager

This Tab tells you about the CPU processors activity. CPU tab enables you to see the percentage of CPU used by each process, how long it’s been active, the name of the user or service that launched the process, and more.

When you see at the bottom of the window, there you’ll find some more general statistics, including the percentage of your CPU currently used by “system” processes, “user” processes, which are apps you opened, and how much of your CPU is currently not being used.

You’ll also see a graph that shows how much of your CPU is being used in total. Blue shows the percentage used by user processes, while red shows the percentage used by system processes.

Memory Tab

Activity Monitor Mac-Memory Tab

This is the second tab which lets you see how much memory or RAM every process is taking up. As long as memory pressure (see in the picture) is not in the red state, macOS has memory resources available.

Energy Tab

Mac Task Manager-Energy Tab

This tab lets you view your computer’s overall energy use or which apps and processes use the most power. If you’re using desktop Mac, then you don’t need to check it but if your laptop has poor battery life, then you need to check energy tab in Mac Task Manager.

As energy use increases, the length of time that a Mac can operate on battery power decreases.

Disk Tab

Disk Tab

With the help of this tab, you can see the amount of data that each process reads (reads in) and writes (writes out). In simple words, it shows the amount of data that the processes have read from your disk and wrote to it.

Disk tab in Activity Monitor also lets you see what kind of data this is (i.e. 32 or 64 bit), and you can see who is using this data (useful if you’re on a network or have multiple users logged in).

Network Tab

Network Tab

This lets you see how much data your computer is receiving and sending over the network it’s connected to. The network tab will allow you to see which apps are putting the most strain on your connection.

How do I force quit a task

Force Quit Application mac

Windows users all know pressing Control+Alt+Delete is a shortcut to access force quit window. Mac users you don’t need to worry about this because ctrl alt del mac function is also there. Only the keys combination is different. Pressing Command+Option+Escape is the shortcut to access force quit window in Mac.

How to Use Mac Activity Monitor

Beyond that, you can use Activity Monitor to shut down programs. Simply click on the task or application you want to end and then click on the large red “Quit Process” button in the top left corner of the app window. It will pop-up a window asking if you are sure to quit this process. Click Quit to close the particular program. If the program is still running, choose Force Quit to end the process immediately.

Final Words

Sometimes our applications don’t work, and we stuck into a window, and the only way to escape from that application is to end task using task manager. Since you are a Mac user, we have shared with you a complete guide on Mac Task Manager, how to open it and use it.

I hope it will help you to run your Mac OS smoothly. If you have any doubt, let us know in the comments.