How to see all apps running

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by Glennster, May 30, 2014.

  1. Glennster macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2014
    Mac OS rookie here, as if the title didn't give it away :D

    How can I see all the apps currently open and running on my Macbook Air...? A buddy at work said click on Mission Control but I don't seem to have that.
  2. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Look in your dock. Anything with a white dot under it is running. Also minimised apps appear to the right of your doc. Things on the right of that line are minimised but running.
  3. Glennster thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2014
    On the far right just after the dividing line on the dock there are 3 folders: Downloads, Windows 7 Applications and Trash. Is this normal?
  4. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Yes, and on the Apps running thing. Mavericks does a great job of allocating memory so even if an App is "running" it will use very little resources when it's not being used.
  5. Cassady macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2012
    Cmd+tab brings up the App Switcher, which is also useful for quickly seeing whats running, I find. You can quit Apps from within the Switcher too, which also helps.
  6. mfram macrumors 65816

    Jan 23, 2010
    San Diego, CA USA
    There's also a program called Activity Monitor that shows information about CPU, programs, and memory. Kinda like Task Manager on Windows. But it's not a task switcher if that's what you're looking for.
  7. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Hit command-option-escape keys all three at once.
  8. mmomega macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    The dock is configurable to whatever you want there for the most part.
    I have the "old school" way with an Applications, Documents and Downloads folder on my dock to the right of the line.

    I don't use Launchpad.

    And I pull all apps off of my Dock that I don't use and replace with ones that I use regularly.
    If you have an app open and want it to stay on the dock, just right click the app icon->Options->Keep in Dock.

    A big thing I had to break myself of when moving from windows is that I had to 100% close every app when I was done using it. You don't have to unless you just want to.

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