How to Open the Task Manager on a Mac[Complete Guide]

Unlock the power of Activity Monitor on your Mac! Discover how to open it effortlessly and leverage its features to monitor and optimize system resources.

By Abhishek Chandel
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How to Open the Task Manager on a Mac

How to Open the Task Manager on a Mac

The Task Manager on a Mac is called Activity Monitor. It allows you to see what processes and apps are running on your Mac and monitor system resource usage. Knowing how to open Activity Monitor can be useful for troubleshooting performance issues or identifying apps using up a lot of CPU or memory. In this article, we will cover the different ways to open Activity Monitor on a Mac.

1. Open Activity Monitor from the Utilities Folder

The easiest way to open Activity Monitor is to find it in your Applications folder. Just follow these steps:

  1. Click on Finder in your Dock to open a Finder window.

  2. In the left sidebar, click on Applications.

  3. Scroll down and open the Utilities folder.

  4. Double click on the Activity Monitor app icon to launch it.

This will directly open the Activity Monitor app so you can view system utilization and running processes.

2. Use Spotlight Search to Open Activity Monitor

You can also quickly launch Activity Monitor using Spotlight search:

  1. Click on the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner of your screen. This will initiate a Spotlight search.

  2. Type in "Activity Monitor" and hit Enter.

  3. Activity Monitor will appear as the top result. Click on it to launch the app.

Spotlight provides a fast way to search for apps and documents on your Mac.

3. Launch Activity Monitor from Launchpad

The Launchpad app is a full-screen view showing all installed apps on your Mac. You can use it to open Activity Monitor with just a click:

  1. Click on the Launchpad icon in your Dock.

  2. Locate Activity Monitor among the app icons.

  3. Click on the Activity Monitor icon to open it.

The Launchpad home screen gives quick access to apps without having to go through Finder.

4. Use Siri to Open Activity Monitor

If you have Siri enabled on your Mac, you can use voice commands to launch Activity Monitor:

  1. Click and hold the Command button to activate Siri.

  2. Say "Open Activity Monitor."

  3. Siri will launch the Activity Monitor app for you.

Using Activity Monitor to Monitor System Resources and Apps

View Overall CPU Usage

Once you have Activity Monitor open, the CPU tab is great for understanding current CPU load and monitoring usage over time. Look at the CPU History graph at the bottom to spot any CPU spikes from processes.

Check Memory Usage

Click on the Memory tab in Activity Monitor. This will show total memory utilization and a list of apps and processes ordered by how much memory they are using. Check this tab if your Mac is slow or sluggish to see what might be hogging memory.

View Energy Impact

The Energy tab in Activity Monitor is useful for laptops to see which apps and processes are consuming the most battery power. Quitting or closing high power apps can sometimes extend battery life.

Monitor Disk Activity

In the Disk tab, you'll see current disk read/write speeds and activity. Sort the process list by Total Bytes to identify processes doing heavy disk operations.

Check Network Usage


The Network tab shows current network usage and activity like upload/download speeds. This can help identify processes using a lot of bandwidth.


The key takeaways are that you can open Activity Monitor on your Mac via the Utilities folder, Spotlight search, Launchpad or Siri voice commands. Activity Monitor then provides valuable insight into current system resource utilization. Check CPU, memory, energy and disk usage to optimize your Mac's performance or troubleshoot issues.

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