An unresponsive process in the Activity Monitor window.

Close unresponsive apps and processes

When your system is acting sluggish or simply not responding, an app or process may be the source of the problem. You can use Activity Monitor to locate the troublesome app or process and force it to quit.

How to close an unresponsive app or process

The Energy pane of Activity Monitor. The pane shows a list of apps, with information about the energy usage of each one displayed in columns. At the bottom of the window is a graph showing the overall energy impact.

See how much energy your Mac is using

You can find out how much energy your Mac is using, and see which apps or processes are using the most energy.

How to monitor overall energy use

The Activity Monitor icon in the Dock showing disk activity.

See real-time CPU, network or disk status in the Dock

It’s easy to keep an eye on your system status without even looking at the Activity Monitor window — you can monitor your CPU, network, or disk usage as a live graph right in the Dock.

How to see your system status in the Dock

To browse the Activity Monitor User Guide, click Table of Contents at the top of the page.

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