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Task Manager Mac – How To Access it To Quit Applications


Have you recently shifted from the Windows Operating system to macOS? You might be looking for the Task Manager Mac that you might have used hundreds of times on your current system. As for Windows all you had to do is simply tap on these combinations i.e Ctrl + alt + delete on the keyboard and you can access the task manager.

However, the same is not the case for the Mac operating system. When you first start using macOS, it can get a little tricky to understand how things work.

Similarly, you need not worry about force-quitting any files or applications that may be causing error while you work. In macOS, the only tool you need is the in-built Activity Monitor that works similarly to a Task Manager on Windows.

It has every piece of info on the application that is currently running on the system and which one is eating up the most power. Furthermore, it will also help to stop the activity of any app you feel needs immediate termination. Here is how you can do it.

Activity Monitor- Apple’s alternative to Task Manager Mac

We have been talking about the alternative to the Task Manager Mac that you might have used in the Windows operating system. The only application that does the purpose a lot better is Activity Monitor available on your macOS.

Activity Monitor is an in-built application designed by Apple that shows the real-time status of CPU, network, or the disk status of the system. It displays accurate data on how much energy the entire system runs on along with the apps you are currently working on.

One of the main aspects that it tends to cover is by helping the users find the app that is not responding and then providing the option to force quit them.

How to open Task Manager on your Mac?

Since we now know how the task manager Mac or the Activity monitor works on the system, you can check out ways in which you can access it to perform specific functions.

Here are the easiest ways to open Activity Monitor on your Mac system.

1. Open Activity Monitor via Finder

This is a step process so make sure you do not miss out on anything. Here are the steps to open Activity Monitor from Finder.

Click on the Finder icon from the Dock.

Tap on Macintosh HD and double tap on the Applications folder.

task manager Finder

Scroll down and open the Utility folder.

Mac Utilities

Open the Activity Monitor.

Activity Monitor

2. Open Activity Monitor via Spotlight Search

Well, you might be knowing about the easiest method to locate anything on your system. With the use of the Spotlight Search option, you can simply find any folder, file, images, etc on your system with a simple click of the button.

Spotlight search

Press Command + Space to open Spotlight and Type Activity Monitor

Open Activity Monitor from the list.

3. Open Activity Monitor via Dock

You have another convenient way through which you can access the Activity Monitor. Apart from opening it from the finder and the Spotlight search, you can add it to your dock and then keep track of the energy consumption by every application.

Task Manager Mac - How To Access it To Quit Applications

Open Activity Monitor from any of the methods above.

Right-click on the icon in the dock and select “Keep in Dock”

It is the most convenient method since you are going to use the Mac Task Manager a lot and rather than having to constantly access it through the system, you can do it directly from the dock.

How to Quit a Process using Activity Monitor?

Since you have now learned the process of getting access to Activity Monitor, you can also learn how to force quit any application or process using the task manager here. The process is quite simple and within seconds you can learn it as well to use it in the future if any application lags behind or stops responding.

Open Activity Monitor on your system

You can choose between multiple menu options to go with. If you wish to check out the energy consumption. Click on it.

Open Activity Monitor

Now, click on the application with the highest energy consumption. Tap on the cross mark on the top-left corner.

Click on cancel button

Next window, click on Force Quit that will close the application immediately.

Task Manager Mac - How To Access it To Quit Applications

You can do this with every other application in that list that you may have been corrupted or slowing down the system. It could be because of the memory, Energy, CPU, etc of the system through which you can decide what to switch off.

What is the Alternative to Ctrl + Alt + Delete for macOS?

If you have used the Windows operating system, well you will be aware of the Task Manager that is summoned when the system needs to force quit any application that can slow it down.

Also, not many know this but rather than using the Activity Monitor to force quit the application you can use the alternative to the very safe Ctrl + Alt + Delete to call a new window.

Force Quit Applications

Simply click on Command + Option + Esc that will bring out the task manager for this system with the help of which you can shut down any application that you might be using currently.

However, you may not be able to see the energy consumption or the memory being taken by that particular option. It is rather a direct approach to a task manager.

You may like to read our guide on Must Know Mac Terminal Commands And Their Functions.

Use Terminal to Quit an Application

If you are in a condition where you are not able to quit an application with GUI methods mentioned above then it’s time to use the terminal.

Open the terminal by spotlight search ( Press Command key + Space Bar) and search for the terminal.

I would recommend you to read our guide on How To Open Terminal on Mac in 4 Easy Ways.

The command that is used to quit an application is the Kill command but before issuing the command we need to know the PID of the hanging application.

To find the application process number enter the below command

ps -ax | grep "[Application Name]"

Replace the application name with your hanged application, like in my case I want to close the safari then my command will be like

ps -ax | grep "Safari"

Task Manager Mac - How To Access it To Quit Applications

as you saw in the above screenshot safari PID is 16115, if you are seeing a long list here, maximize the terminal window and look for the /Contents/MacOS/your application name.

now on the terminal enter below command

Kill <PID Number>

Task Manager Mac - How To Access it To Quit Applications

Final Verdict

Here is everything you need to know about the Task Manager for Mac. You can check out every little detail about the application you are using through Activity Monitor.

It has access to Energy consumption by the applications, Disk usage, Memory, CPU, and about the network packets. Well, this information is vital for every user to keep their apps and system in check in case of overheating or if at all the system does not respond to any action.

In such cases, similar to what we used in the Windows operating system as a task manager. Here too you can get access to a similar process that allows you to terminate a process using only a few keys and steps.

If you are stuck or have been experiencing your system heat, you may want to immediately quit the process using the Activity monitor.

The above process is simpler and easier to carry forward. If you are facing any query, you can let us know in the comment section so that we can help you out in whichever way possible.