How to See All Open Applications on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Have you ever wondered how to see all open applications on your Mac? It’s actually quite simple! In this tutorial, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of finding all the applications that are currently running on your Mac.

Step 1: Using the Dock
The easiest way to see all open applications is by using the Dock. The Dock is the bar at the bottom (or side) of your screen that contains icons for your most frequently used apps. Here’s how you can use it:

  • Look for the small white dot below each application icon in the Dock. If a dot is present, it means that the application is currently running.
  • Click on any application icon with a dot, and it will bring that application to the foreground.

Step 2: Using Mission Control
If you have multiple desktops or windows open, using Mission Control can help you get a bird’s eye view of all your open applications. Follow these steps:

  1. Press the F3 key on your keyboard or swipe up with three fingers on your trackpad to enter Mission Control.
  2. You will see all your open windows and desktops displayed as thumbnails at the top of your screen.
  3. To switch between applications, click on their respective thumbnails or use the arrow keys on your keyboard.

Step 3: Using Activity Monitor
If you want a more detailed view of all running processes and applications, you can use Activity Monitor. Here’s how:

  1. Open Activity Monitor by searching for it in Spotlight or navigating to Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor.
  2. In the Activity Monitor window, click on the “CPU” tab.
  3. You will now see a list of all the processes and applications currently running on your Mac.

Step 4: Using the Command Line
If you prefer using the command line, you can also see all open applications using the Terminal. Here’s how:

  1. Open Terminal by searching for it in Spotlight or navigating to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
  2. Type the command “ps aux | grep -v grep | grep -i .app” (without quotes) and press Enter.
  3. A list of all open applications will be displayed in the Terminal window.

As you can see, there are multiple ways to see all open applications on your Mac. Whether you prefer using the Dock, Mission Control, Activity Monitor, or the command line, you now have the tools to easily keep track of what’s running on your Mac.

Remember that closing unnecessary applications can help improve performance and free up system resources. So next time you’re wondering what’s running on your Mac, give these methods a try and stay in control of your open applications!

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