First, you should look at who owns the process. You can see here, on a standard installation of macOS, there are over users managed by the system, most of which start with an underscore:.
Macs have so many user accounts because of the way permissions work in macOS, and each user has specific permissions. This keeps your system more secure by keeping low-level system processes in their own containers.
We'll cover five different ways to view these running apps and processes in Mac OS X, some of which are very user friendly and applicable to. The easiest way to view all active processes running on your Mac is to To do that, click on the process first and then on the X in the Activity.
Processes with an icon next to their name denote apps, which are usually safe to close. Some of these, like Google Chrome, will have helper processes used to improve performance. One thing to note is that if the app has either of the two icons seen below, you should be more careful when closing it:. The latter is an icon specific to user-level Apple processes, like Siri, Finder, and the Dock.
Bobby - it sounds like you've never worked on a Mac and had to use Force Quit. I'm pretty sure AP got it right.
Our tips will limit and reduce Chrome's memory usage to free up RAM. The secret is the regular maintenance of your Mac. Prefer Practicality says:. Your name. The is no process killing keyboard shorcut, only for running applications. It's a pity that Apple had to cook something proprietary with Activity Monitor. You can download it for free here.
AP - another useful one Macs are missing is a way to quickly lock the Mac. Thanks for the detailed answer and suggestions, even though it doesn't really solve the problem.
Terminal can take a few minutes to start up if the machine is trashing Thanks anyway. If that's the case then I'm not sure there's much to be done, other than figuring out what causes this thrashing process to occur and then avoiding these conditions. Why is the 0 necessary? A '0' is not necessary.
It was included in the answer because it is typical that processes have numbers in their name.
The important thing is to match the name of the process you want to kill. I've never seen that, well, ever. What applications are you speaking of? You can access this feature through two ways. This can be useful if you memorised the keyboard command and in the rare case that Finder misbehaves and freezes along it too. Yes, it kills applications. That's my point! There's a background process on my machine that sometimes causes the machine to slow down massively. Force Quit doesn't show it.
Activity Monitor can be used to show all processes and kill them through there. You can quit them or force quit them within the application. Try the following command in terminal to list and search for process using a regex:- ps gx grep 'Symantec' The above example is to list all the 'Symantec' related processes.
You can either use:- kill pid Replace 'pid' with actual process id. Or use, killall as suggested before. You can pretty much avoid issues altogether by being a little bit proactive in hunting down the common culprits. Then, you can use CleanMyMac maintenance routines that, when run regularly, will keep you Mac running smoothly. Run other tasks, as necessary.
Likewise, if Spotlight is running slowly, run the Reindex Spotlight task. To kill a background process, use Activity Monitor. Be careful when killing a background process and, if not sure, leave it alone or search online for its exact role in your system. Otherwise, you might risk causes problems for your macOS.
Kill it using the X in the Activity Monitor toolbar. One common cause of Macs running slowly or having problems is items that launch automatically at startup. These could be helper apps for something like iTunes or just complete apps in their own right. They are also frequently apps you once used but no longer need. Thanks to CleanMyMac , resetting an app is easy. To do that, click Complete Uninstallation in the same menu instead of Application Reset. As you can see there are lots of different ways and apps that help you view and kill processes in macOS.
Best of all, all these apps are available to try for free on Setapp , along with over high-quality macOS apps. So check your Mac for problematic processes now and see what you find. How to show which processes consume a lot of memory The easiest way to view all active processes running on your Mac is to launch Activity Monitor from your Applications folder.
The easiest way to launch Activity Monitor is to press Command and spacebar to call up Spotlight, then start typing Activity Monitor. When it appears in Spotlight, hit Return to launch it. Alternatively, go to Utilities in the Applications folder and double-click on its icon. Or open Activity Monitor in one click through iStat Menus app.
View and filter tasks. Clicking on any of those tabs organizes processes according to the percentage of the resource they are using.