When I fire up my laptop, what really happens?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by *old-guy*, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. *old-guy* macrumors regular

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    #1
    I hate to mention this but if this were a Windows based laptop I could right click on the taskbar and bring up an option to open the task manager. Using that, I could then check on what applications were running and close down the ones I didn't want to be using CPU and RAM. I could also, if the mood took me, click on Start >> Run and then type "msconfig" in the text box. If I then clicked on Startup, I would be able to see all the programmes that started automatically when I started my laptop/PC. I could then make it so the didn't start up automatically.
    Is there a similar thing to those two windows options with a Mac and if so, what MUST run when a Mac starts up?
    Cheers,
    Steve

    ps ... Is there a limit on the number of questions a guy can ask before folk start moaning?
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    there's system prefs-accounts-login items

    you can add or delete what apps you want on startup there

    activity monitor will show all process running on your mac and you can sort with a whole bunch of criteria. that program is located under /applications/utilities/activity monitor

    hope that helps somewhat
     
  3. *old-guy* thread starter macrumors regular

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    #3
    It certainly does, Duke.
    I shall go and investigate.
    Cheers,
    Steve
     

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