Task Manager On Mac: What Is It And How To Open It

By Surbhi Verma - 
Updated: 31st May 2022 20:14 IST
Table Of Contents
  • 1
    What is Task Manager on Mac?
  • 2
    How to open Task Manager on Mac?
  • 3
    Shortcut key for Task Manager on Mac
  • 4
    How to force quit an application from Task Manager?

We all have been there- working on some files on our PCs when the file freezes or the screen stops working. Well, Task Manager comes to our rescue in Windows. But what about Mac? Is there an option on Mac? Definitely! Activity Monitor works the same as Task Manager. This helps you force quit the files or applications that are behaving abruptly. Let us find more in this article.

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What is Task Manager on Mac?

As mentioned, Activity Monitor is the Task Manager on Mac. It shows the processes running on the Mac, so you can have an idea of what’s affecting your Mac’s performance. There is also an option to force quit the applications that are not running effectively.

How to open Task Manager on Mac?

Task Manager on Mac or Activity Monitor is located in the folder /Applications/Utilities. There are a few different ways to launch it. The most common one is using Spotlight. Here’s how to do it:

  • Press command+spacebar to get the Spotlight search field.
  • Now, start typing Activity Monitor.
  • Select the desired result from the option that shows up. This will take you to the app.

If the Spotlight option does not work for some reason, here’s an alternative:

  • Click on the Finder icon in the Dock.
  • Then, from the Window, choose Applications present in the Side menu.
  • Now, in the Applications folder, click on Utilities to open it.
  • Finally, find the Activity Monitor there and double-click on it to open.

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Shortcut key for Task Manager on Mac

Windows have the shortcut key Alt+Ctrl+Delete to open the task manager immediately. While for Mac, the option is to press the command+Option+Escape keys.

How to force quit an application from Task Manager?

Now that we know how to open task manager on Mac, let us see how to force quit any application using it:

  1. Open the Activity Monitor and click on the application that you want to force quit.
  2. You will find an X button in the top-left corner of the Activity monitor. Click on it.
  3. A pop-up window will appear asking if you want to quit the application.
  4. Click on Quit to close the unresponsive app.
  5. If the app still does not close, you can click on Force quit ending the process immediately.

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Highlights of the Story
  • Macs have the option for Task managers too. However, they are present with some other name.
  • Task Manager on Mac is said Activity Monitor. Here’s how to open it.


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