A Few Hacks on How to Monitor CPU Usage on Macs

20.10.2017

You probably adore your Mac. Indeed, how can it be otherwise? It works smoothly, carries out all the tasks seamlessly, and looks great. However, slowdowns also happen to these machines. You`ll be frustrated to the core if once it lets you down. Macs often stop working correctly due to multiple processes that carry out simultaneously without you knowing about any of them. They eat up much of your CPU, causing serious lags. Although the problem looks dreadful, you can avoid it with ease, and in this post, we`ll show you how. Here we go!

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How to Check Performance of Mac System

The Activity Monitor is a utility that monitors your Mac`s performance. It shows which processes are running on your device right now and lets you manage them and see how they affect your Mac`s performance. If you don`t know how to access the Activity Monitor, go to Finder -> Applications folder -> Launchpad or Spotlight.

If one day you`ve noticed your mac is suspiciously slow, it means that some of your applications may run incorrectly. To check it, go to the Activity Monitor and click on the CPU tab. Here, you`ll see all the processes which run on your Mac sorted by the percentage of CPU capability used by each of them.

This information will help you identify which processes are slowing down your device and manage them correspondingly. If CPU usage is above 70%, your mac may experience a slowdown or cause some programs` malfunctioning. High CPU usage shows that processing power is insufficient and you need either to upgrade it or reduce the user experience.

How to View CPU Usage on Mac

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Based on the results of system monitoring, you can improve the user experience by stopping all hovering processes and closing apps that are too heavy for your system. You need the following buttons to carry out this task:

  • ‘X’ sign – a close button needed to make any process quit on your mac. Select the processes and hung apps you want to close, and simply press ‘X’.
  • ‘I’ sign – a button that lets you check the info about any selected process. The details you can view are real memory size, private memory size, open ports and files, shared memory size, statistics, and virtual memory size.
  • The Setting button – gives access to a complete information about the chosen process. It usually includes sample process, spotlight and system diagnostics, spin dump. If you are not a Mac geek, it`s better to skip it and move on to less scary info.

Besides the main window, you can also view your Mac CPU monitor in separate windows. To enable this function, go to the Menu Bar ->Window -> CPU history or CPU usage. In most cases, you don`t need a very detailed information. So, you can easily change the application`s icon in the Dock to see CPU usage. Open the right-click menu and choose what you`d like to see.

Hope we shed light on how to handle conflicting applications and identify which processes slow down your system. Embrace this info to make your mac show memory usage information and don`t forget to keep an eye on your device`s work from the first days of use.

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