Using the Activity Monitor Utility

Activity Monitor is a tool that comes with your Mac. You can use it to see which processes are using CPU power, memory, disk use and even energy. Most users never need to use Activity Monitor, but it can be interesting to see what is going on with your Mac. You can monitor processor use in several ways and watch it change as you use applications.

Comments: 4 Responses to “Using the Activity Monitor Utility”

    Christopher Malaney
    9 years ago

    One of the things that I used this utility before was the Memory part of it. I could not figure out what was taking my memory one time, so I used this and found out that Iclipboard I was using was storing everything and not deleting it. So once I deleted all the old stuff from iclipboard my memory came back. Thanks for the info.

    9 years ago

    Slick stuff, as always, Gary! I especially dig the change-the-icon tip. I had no idea but love it!

    9 years ago

    Often in the activity monitor i notice that the Safari helper is non responsive.
    What exactly does that mean and should i quit the helper?


      9 years ago

      Hard to say. If it is causing a problem, I'd have an expert take a first-hand look. Otherwise, I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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