Apple shortcuts -- Is there a Task Manager?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by PaulHughes, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2009
    Ok, I know - sorry to talk in PC language...

    Is there an equivelant to the Task Manager? How do you load it up?

    Reason I ask - Sometimes firefox won't respond and I have to make it force quit. I Hold APPLE or OPTION or CONTROL and click the icon, then it lets me force close...

    Anyway, is there a list of shortcuts or at least the one I'm asking about???


  2. macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2007
    Edmond, Oklahoma
    Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor.

    If you right-click the icon while it's open you can set it to show a pie chart of RAM usage, I always have it open on that. I don't think there's a keyboard shortcut for opening it, but you can use Spotlight by pressing CMD + Space, then typing in the first few letters of the application and pressing enter. There's also a "Force Quit..." option in the Apple menu that shows a list of all open applications and lets you force quit one from there.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2009
    The best guide to all of the Mac key sequences that I have found is located here:

    Hope that helps. I printed it and having just received my iMac, I'm planning on referring to it often - lots of good short cuts!
  4. macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    Macs have an Activity Monitor, similar to Task Manager. It's found in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder.
  5. macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2009
    Apple/Command Key + Alt/Option + Escape key will bring up a quick list of the applications you are running, and a Force Quit Application button. That is in Tiger, at least. (10.4.11). I'm unsure of Leopard. It does not give you the information like Task manager though, for that you need to use the Activity Monitor like others have suggested.
  6. macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2009
    Sorry for the double post... It appears that my post reply page never finished loading, but posted the message anyway... If there is a delete button, I don't know where it is.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2005
    Alpine, UT
    That's it for ya, or use the Apple menu (top left) and select force quit.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    The place where Apple designs stuff

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