How to know what application is running?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bankaimadness, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. Bankaimadness macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    So without looking at the activity monitor I want to know how you check up on what application is actually running. Like in windows when you minimize at application it shows up on your task bar.

    What about mac?

    If i minimize it, it just goes inside the icon and I usually forget about it.
  2. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    All applications live in the dock. The ones that are running have the little light/arrow below the running app. When you quit an app, the arrow will go away. If you minimise anything, it will go to the right side of the dock.

    Except background tasks and toolbar apps.
  3. TaylorJ macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2010
    Hey. I usually wait for someone more experienced to answer. I've been a mac user for a day and a half so far lol

    but when you minimize an app, it goes into the dock and has a little blue light right underneath indicating its still running. When you quit the little light blue light should dissapear.

    Hope this helps!
  4. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    So you haven't noticed the blue lights under running applications in the dock?
  5. thewanted macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2010
    I've been using my first Mac for 6 weeks and never noticed that! Cheers :D
  6. Bankaimadness thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    apparently not... hmm

    Alright I give it a test tommorow. Its strange because I think I would notice it.
  7. elleana macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2009
    Mine isn't blue. Its more white/grey I think. Any way to change the color to something more obvious, like BRIGHT NEON PINK? :D
  8. Ann P macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2009
    Use the dock indicators or press F3 to show current applications running.

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