Dock or MenuBar? Which one uses more RAM?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by satointl, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. satointl macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Hey guys I was just wondering, if I put an app in the Dock, would it use more RAM than putting it in the MenuBar? I think I only have one app to test with which is Sparrow (Email). In the dock, it used 111MB of RAM and in the MenuBar it used about half; 55MB. Anyways I wasn't sure if this is only certain application or all applications, and as mentioned I only had this app to test with. If anyone could post their results, I'd appreciate it :cool:
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    The Dock is only a placeholder for icons to open applications and for already running applications. It is unlikely, that the displaying of the icon for your "test" application will consume 111MB RAM. The application itself will consume that, with an open window most likely.
    The same goes for the Menu Bar, but as there might be no open or active window right now, the overall application consumes less RAM.
    And if you need to worry about 56MB of RAM, get more.
  3. satointl thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2009
    No it's not that I'm worried I have 8GB of RAM in my MacBook Pro. It was just a curiosity factor...

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