4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 4, 2010 9:56 PM by montelee
montelee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
This is my first Mac computer, and I can't seem to be able to get it to display all running programs. I've got the Activity Monitor, but it only shows total activity, not what exactly is running. I know on Windows machines, you can right-click in the tool bar and select "task manager", and a window opens showing all running applications and processes. I can't believe Mac does not have such a thing, but I can't find it. Can anyone help? Thanks.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Intel-based,2.99 Ghz dual core,4 GB RAM
  • BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (15,580 points)
    Activity Monitor should have a "Show" button on the right side. Select "All Processes"

    You can also use Activity Monitor -> View to specify which process stats you want displayed in the columns.
  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,375 points)

    Additionally you can use the command line:


    Will show you everything. The manual page "man top" will show you further options.

  • Euchre Level 4 Level 4 (1,275 points)
    Welcome to  Discussions!

    If you want a quick way to get to a dialog to quit (close) an application, you can click the Apple logo on the menu bar and choose Force Quit, or use the keyboard shortcut Command ( or ⌘) + Option (Alt) + Esc.
  • montelee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks- I had no idea how to show the processes before.Actually, I found that I had to right-click on the Activity Monitor's dock icon, then choose Monitors>Show Monitors. Then I got a big Activity Monitor window which had a drop-down menu above "Show" from which I could select which processes would be displayed. Now, maybe I can figure out what's going on when the CPU monitor shows 50-60% usage when there are no programs running. And maybe why it runs incredibly hot most of the time, even with minimal programs running.Again, thanks!