Learn About How to Troubleshoot Your Mac with Activity Monitor

Today let us study how to use Activity Monitor in order to manage memory of Mac, fix slow applications and to troubleshoot different issues. In order to launch the Activity Monitor app, go to Applications> Utilities there you will find Activity Monitor Two sections of the Activity ActivityMonitorDiskActivityMonitor on the screen are divided.

  1. The Processes Table:

The list of both system processes and open applications are shown on the main pane. In the Process list, notice how many items will appear. The additional columns can be viewed in “View > Columns” menu. Ones you want to view expand the “Columns” option will appear in Activity Monitor.

  1. System Monitor Tabs

At the top of the Activity Monitor there will be five category tabs i.e. “Memory,” “Disk,” “Energy,” “CPU,” and “Network”. On your requirement click on to the various processes listed above. Real time stats are is shown by each pane for that resource, as well as graphs. Every five seconds the real-time statistics are updated, by going to “View > Update Frequency” and there selecting frequency level you can make that longer or shorter.


The tab of CPU will display you the use of processes in your computer’s processor. The percentage of the total CPU process, the name of the user, how long it was active, and the process launched service and many more.

Wait for few minutes when the process is not responding, to see whether it will crash or normal operation. Or else by clicking terminate the process in question and go to “View > Quit Process”. To force quit click on the X button that is present on the toolbar. As the user ignore the processes which have “root” listed and running from your user account focus on those.


Information about the usage of RAM is shown on the Memory pane. Many different options can be sorted as with the CPU tab and at the bottom of the Memory pane you can see more information that includes a live updating graph.


For the laptop users the Energy pane is extremely useful. The battery used by all the apps is showed by this; so that you will get the idea of how much life you are getting from your laptop. At the bottom of the Energy pane, you can sort many options and more information. The energy impact of running apps can also be seen, also over the last eight hours the average energy impact of each app can be seen. Apart from these three, there are two more categories i.e. Disk and Network.