How to use Task Manager on Mac – {Activity Monitor Guide}

Hello to all users of Apple incredible gadgets. This is your very own Steve Sadiq with another article that will guide you regarding how to use task manager on Mac. Hopefully you are enjoying more delightful time with your Mac. It is surely stated that there is no match of Apple gadgets on this planet. However,  users need  some guidelines related to the use of different features.

Here we are providing you the complete and most easy to learn ways to use your Macbook and if you ever find any issue in your Mac, Steve Sadiq is always there for you guys. First of all we have to evaluate some important questions comes in the mind of users while using Mac.

The most common question mostly asked by you people who switched from Windows to Mac “How to use task Manager on Mac”. Task manager is one of the most useful systems in the monitor program. When OS on your Mac stuck and you cant do your work easily ,then only way to solve this problem is to switch from task by using Task manager which is already present in your Macbook.

What is Mac Task Manager:

Task manager provides all kind of information about systems and programs in your Mac. Task manager easily views and manages tasks, applications in your system and any other active processes that are running in Mac OS X. It manages all activities on your Mac. If you’re familiar with the Windows Task Manager, then you must have information about the Task Manager on your Mac.

 Yes Task manager also exist on your Mac by a different name “Activity Manager” 

What Activity Monitor is Capable of doing?

First of all, you should have the knowledge about what Activity Monitor can do on your Mac.It can control the processes that present on Mac and mostly used by users are user applications, system applications and invisible background processes which we cannot see on the visible area of Mac. As   you open the activity monitor you can see at the top of the Activity Monitor window, there are 5 activity monitor tab as:

  1. CPU
  4. DISK
  6. CACHE

Task Manager on Mac

  • The CPU pane tells that how different programs/activities affecting the CPU or processor activity.
  • The memory pane shows how these activities consume internal memory of your Mac.
  • The Energy pane shows how much energy is consumed by every applications and process of your Mac. This system in your Mac also provides the assessment to users that when more energy is used by different applications then battery backup will be more less. So it is a beneficial point of this system that you can control energy consumption.
  • The Disk pane shows the amount of data each part of your system has read and have applied processing on this data.
  • Network pane keeps the record of the amount of data Mac is sending or receiving through Network.

How to Use task manager on Mac

Here we will discuss the Method of using a Task manager on Mac.

Windows users are most familiar with these 3 keys   “CTRL+ALT+DELETE”

However, In Mac procedure of opening the Task manager on Mac is a little bit different as Mac provides more unique features to users.  Activity Monitor (Task Manager)  is located in your /Applications/Utilities/ folder. You can use Spotlight as a keyboard shortcut for quick access to Task manager.

Here we are providing  you the easiest steps to open Task Manager using Spotlight on your Mac :

1st Step:- Using keyboard Press Command+Spacebar to get the Spotlight search field.

2nd Step:-  Search for “Activity Monitor”.

3rd Step:- You can see the Activity Monitor field will appear on your screen double click on it to run.

And that’s the way how you can use Task Manager on your Mac. There are some more methods to open Mac Task manager, let’s we discuss them:

Task Manager on Mac

Open Mac task Manager using the finder

No doubt Mac provides world’s best gadgets and different tools but However, sometimes problems also exist in the opening of Task manager in your Mac. Here I’ll discuss some other easy ways for opening Mac task manager  OS X. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Click on the finder icon in the Dock.
  • Choose Applications from the side menu of the window that appears.
  • In the Applications folder, select the Utility folder and open it.
  • Double-click on the Activity Monitor icon to launch it.

Open task manager on Mac OS using the dock

  • Open Finder and navigate to applications and then Utilities.
  • Drag the Activity Monitor application icon to the dock to pin it.
  • Once pinned, you can instantly start up Activity Monitor simply by clicking on the pinned icon in the dock.

Is there any shortcut to Force close applications in Mac?

Windows users are quite familiar that pressing ALT+CTRL+DELETE will take them to task manager where they can force close their apps which are currently open or end all tasks running unnecessarily in the background. Well, there is very similar shortcut like this in your Mac as well Like:

To close force quit applications on a mac press

 keys which will bring up the Force Quit Applications window

Using this method of Task Manager Force Quit, you can close any  Window which has stuck on your Mac during your working.

You might find this information useful.

Frequently Asked Questions related to Mac Task Manager

Here we will discuss most frequently asked questions by users  about the use of  Mac Task manager:

  1. What is kernel_task?

While using activity monitor you must have noticed in CPU pane that there is one particular process name “Kernel_task” which is consuming a lot of system resources. You must be wondering what is it?

Since kernel_task is essentially the part of the Mac OS operating system, it’s impossible to fix  it. One of the functions of kernel_task is to help manage CPU temperature by making CPU unavailable for processing of activities which are consuming CPU intensily. Kernel Task cannot be controlled because it is the part of Mac operating system however the simple way to quick out from kernel task is to simply restart of your Mac, but it is only short term solution to quit from this problem.

  1. Is there any Task Manager Alternatives for Mac?

There are many activities which activity monitor cannot accomplish. To accomplish those task you need to install its alternatives.  I will suggest you 2 best alternatives which you can install over your MacBook :

1.iStat Menus

It is one of the most advanced task manager available for MAC OS which offers many advanced features like task manager with notifications based on CPU, network, disk, battery, support for hotkeys, reorderable drop-down menus, a compact notification center widget, and many more features. Its licensed version will cost around 18$ for new users and for the older user it costs only 12$ to renew its license.

iStatus Menus


The next is XRG. It is very similar to Activity Monitor but it is an open source system monitor. The XRG allows you to monitor your activities, battery statistics, disk usage etc. Additionally, XRG displays stock market data, current weather as well.  it is easy to use and it is an open source so it is completely free.

Concluding Remarks

It is suggested that If you are new to Mac then you should keep activity monitor in your dock to get its easy access.

If you cannot understand the statistics on the activity manager on your Mac then you should not worry about it simply follow the guidelines provided above.



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