Are you curious about what programs are currently running on your Mac? Knowing which applications are running can help you manage system resources more effectively and troubleshoot any performance issues. In this tutorial, we will explore several methods to see what programs are running on your Mac.
Using the Activity Monitor
The Activity Monitor is a built-in utility that provides detailed information about the processes and applications running on your Mac. To access it, follow these steps:
- Click on the Spotlight icon (the magnifying glass) in the top-right corner of your screen.
- Type “Activity Monitor” in the search bar and press Enter.
- Click on the Activity Monitor app in the search results to open it.
Once you have opened the Activity Monitor, you will see a list of processes and applications currently running on your Mac. The list is organized into columns that provide information such as CPU usage, memory usage, energy impact, and more.
Killing a Process
If you want to stop or “kill” a process or application that is causing issues or consuming too many resources, you can do so using the Activity Monitor. Simply select the process from the list and click on the “X” button in the top-left corner of the window. Confirm your action when prompted.
If you prefer using command-line tools, you can also check running programs on your Mac using Terminal. Follow these steps:
- Open Terminal (you can find it in Applications/Utilities or by searching for it in Spotlight).
- Type “top” in the Terminal window and press Enter.
The “top” command displays a real-time list of running processes, sorted by CPU usage. You can press “q” to exit the command when you’re done.
Using Third-Party Applications
There are also several third-party applications available that provide an alternative way to see what programs are running on your Mac. Some popular options include:
- iStat Menus: A comprehensive system monitoring tool that displays real-time information in your menu bar.
- Activity Monitor: A more advanced version of the built-in Activity Monitor with additional features and customization options.
- CleanMyMac X: A utility app that not only shows running programs but also helps optimize your Mac’s performance.
These applications often offer more detailed information and additional features compared to the built-in tools, but they may come at a cost or require a subscription.
Now you know several ways to see what programs are running on your Mac. Whether you prefer using the built-in Activity Monitor, Terminal commands, or third-party applications, keeping an eye on running processes can help you maintain a smooth and efficient workflow on your Mac.
Remember that it’s normal for certain processes to be running in the background, so don’t be alarmed if you see unfamiliar names. If you suspect any malicious activity or notice significant performance issues, consider seeking professional assistance or using reputable antivirus software to ensure the security of your system.