How to see all running programs

Discussion in 'OS X' started by StrokeMidnight, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hey, is there away to see all the programs that are running? I was about to install the firmware, but I wanted to make sure there aren't any programs running in the background.


    Thanks.
     
  2. macrumors 68020

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    command(apple) + option(one next to apple) + esc(that one in the top left...) will show list of open apps. and you can force quit them from there.
     
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    lancestraz

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    #3
    Press command+tab to see all programs that run in the dock.
    Or use Activity Monitor (Applications>Utilities).
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah I knew that one. I just wondered because yesterday I tried to uninstall something and it said I couldn't because it was still running, but it didn't show up by pressing command+option+esc. Thanks though.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    Open terminal and run 'ps aux | less'.

    'ps' is the 'process status' program. The 'aux' bit are options, where a=all, u=user info (among other things, look in the first column), and x=shows processes that are not connected to a specific terminal, f.ex. started by the system without user action.

    The '| less' just pipes the result from the ps command to the 'less' program, which allows you to page through the information (I guarantee that you will have more than a screenful showing up. Without less it'll just zip by too fast).

    For more info on ps, type 'man ps' in the terminal. There are a million options to show you virtually everything you need.

    If you need to kill a process, checkout 'man kill', and 'man sudo'. Be careful with those.

    HTH
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    Open ACTIVITY MONITOR.
     
  7. macrumors member

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    Thanks...just what I was looking for.
     
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    PicnicTutorials

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    Thats the one!
     

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