How to Open Task/Activity Manager on Mac

In this segment, we are going to show you “How to Open Task/Activity Manager on Mac.”

Managing tasks and monitoring system performance is essential for any computer user, whether you’re troubleshooting issues or just keeping an eye on your system’s health. On a Mac, the equivalent of Windows Task Manager is “Activity Monitor.” This tool allows you to view and manage running processes, monitor system resources, and even force quit applications if necessary. Here’s how you can open Activity Monitor on your Mac:

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We can open Task Manager on Mac with the below methods:

Keyboard Shortcut

  1. Simultaneously press Command + Option + Escape (⌘ + ⌥ + ⎋).
  2. This will open a window containing a list of all currently opened programs and applications running in the background.

Spotlight Search

  1. Activate Spotlight: Press Command + Space on your keyboard to open Spotlight Search.
  2. Type “Activity Monitor”: Begin typing “Activity Monitor” in the search bar.
  3. Open Activity Monitor: Once “Activity Monitor” appears in the search results, click on it or press Enter to open the application.


  1. Navigate to Applications: Open Finder by clicking on its icon in the dock or pressing Command + N. Go to the Applications folder.
  2. Go to Utilities: Scroll down or use the search bar at the top-right to find the “Utilities” folder and double-click on it.
  3. Open Activity Monitor: Inside the “Utilities” folder, find “Activity Monitor” and double-click on it to open.


  1. Open Launchpad: Click on the Launchpad icon in your dock. It resembles a rocket ship.
  2. Search for Activity Monitor: In the search bar at the top, type “Activity Monitor”.
  3. Open Activity Monitor: Click on the “Activity Monitor” icon that appears in the search results to launch the application.

Understanding Activity Monitor

Once you have Activity Monitor open, you’ll see several tabs that provide different views and information about your Mac’s performance:

  • CPU: Shows how much CPU power each process is using.
  • Memory: Displays RAM usage by each application and process.
  • Energy: Monitors the energy impact of applications on your battery life.
  • Disk: Provides information about disk usage and data read/write speeds.
  • Network: Shows network usage and which processes are using it.
  • GPU: Displays GPU usage and graphics card activity.

Managing Tasks

To manage tasks using Activity Monitor:

  • Force Quit Applications: Select an application or process from the list and click the “X” button in the toolbar to force quit it if it’s unresponsive.
  • Monitor System Resources: Keep an eye on CPU, memory, disk, and network usage to identify any performance issues or resource-hungry applications.

Activity Monitor is a powerful tool that can help you diagnose and resolve issues on your Mac, making it an essential part of any Mac user’s toolkit. Whether you’re a casual user or a power user, knowing how to access and utilize Activity Monitor can greatly enhance your Mac experience.

In Conclusion

By following these simple steps, you can easily access Activity Monitor on your Mac and start managing tasks and monitoring performance efficiently. If you have any questions or encounter issues, feel free to leave a comment below!

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Harish Kumar

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