On the Mac: the most important processes at a glance via the task manager

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta December 13, 2021
Updated 2021/12/13 at 8:52 AM

If you have a Windows PC or laptop, you should be familiar with the Task Manager. Especially if you are plagued by an unexpected problem while running one of your programs, it will help you further. If these are frozen, for example, you can still close them with the helpful tool. But how do you find on the Mac the Task manager and is there actually such a thing? The simple answer is yes, and we’ll show you where to find the activity indicator.

Open Task Manager on Mac: Here’s how

On the Mac, too, the task manager is a real savior in an emergency. It is not only particularly helpful when programs stop responding or even smear, but also when you want to monitor the activity or load on your Apple computer. But how do you actually find the practical tool? If you are wondering where the Task Manager is hidden on your Mac, you should be particularly careful now, the key combination is more than simple.

In order to be able to open the Task Manager on the Mac, you have to memorize a clever shortcut. It goes like this:

This is what you need to know about the activity monitor

In addition to the Task Manager on the Mac, there is also the activity display. Here you get an even more detailed view of the occupancy. You can only end open programs via the task manager by highlighting one and clicking on “End immediately”. In the activity display you can see these workloads, among other things:

  • CPU
  • energy
  • Storage
  • hard disk
  • network

So lets open the activity monitor

If you still need a larger overview of the processes, then the Task Manager on the Mac is not enough. Here you have to use the activity display. You have three options to open it. Here you can also find out which programs are causing your slow PC. And so you can see:

  • The first option to open the activity monitor is as follows: First go to “Applications” and then to “Utilities”. Here you then have to look for the activity indicator.
  • Another possibility is that you execute the key combination “CMD + space bar” to open the search field. Write here “Activity Monitor”.
  • The next variant is the spotlight search. Click on the magnifying glass symbol to activate Spotlight first. Here you enter “activity display”.

Conclusion: The Task Manager also helps you quickly and easily on a Mac

If you would like to be informed about the activity of your device via the Task Manager on your Mac in the future, all you have to do is follow the steps described above in the text. You will also find out what to consider. But aren’t current Macs already out of date anyway? After all, we should expect a surprise from Apple in 2022. If your old Mac gets too full, you can uninstall programs this way.

Sources: own research

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