Every Windows user knows where the Task Manager is located. Where is it on the Mac?
As scientists say, let’s agree on terms first. On macOS, the task manager is named System monitoring… It performs almost the same tasks as the “dispatcher” on Windows.
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Usually Task Manager on Windows it is used to close frozen programs, but on Mac the functions of this tool are located in different places.
On macOS, the utility can be used to force close an application. “Forced termination of programs” (analogue of Ctrl + Alt + Del in Windows) and the application System monitoring.
How to open the Force Quit Applications window on Mac
To open a window “Forced termination of programs” just press the keyboard shortcut ⌘Command + ⌥Option (Alt) + Esc…
To close a frozen program, select it in the list of applications and press the button Complete in the lower right corner.
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How to open Task Manager on Mac
System monitoring on Mac is a more complex application than Task Manager on Windows. A developer flaw? No, macOS users just need it much less often (because most often they do not “hang” anything so much). So they hid the “monitoring” far away, so as not to be an eyesore.
But since you really needed it, let’s open it.
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Method 1 – via Spotlight
The easiest way to do this is by entering a search term in Spotlight.
1. Click on the magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
2. Start typing a word Monitoring… Spotlight will automatically suggest what you are looking for System monitoring… Press Enter (called Return on macOS). After a couple of moments, the program will open.
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Method 2 – via Launchpad
If you don’t want to use Spotlight search for some reason (for example, you’re just curious to know where exactly is System monitoring):
1. Click on the icon Launchpad (it shows a rocket).
2. Click on the folder Other…
3. Run System monitoring by clicking on the application icon.
If you want to keep the Monitor icon permanently on the Dock, right-click it (or with two fingers on the trackpad) and select Parameters → Leave in Dock… After that, the icon will remain in the Dock even after you close the application.
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What does Task Manager (System Monitor) for Mac do?
As already mentioned, System monitoring offers much the same data as Task Manager on Windows. The tabs CPU, Memory, Energy, Disk, Networking give a comprehensive overview of the corresponding processes on a Mac and their impact on the operation of your computer.
Why bother opening this tab for the average Mac user? If there are no problems with your computer (and this is most often the case) – this is really not necessary. But if something went wrong – System monitoring is an excellent tool for diagnosing a problem that has arisen. For example, if your Mac is slow, take a look at the tab Memory… If Monitoring shows that it is overloaded, it makes sense to close several programs or tabs.
To the author of this article System monitoring at one time helped to solve a serious problem with system slowdown – according to information from the program, it became clear that a part of Apple’s antivirus software called JaraScan, as a result of some error, senselessly “loads” the resources of my Mac with work, and found a solution (by the way, if you have the same problem – you need to clean the folder Downloads from “large” files).