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How to see what's running on Mac by checking at Dock
This method is considered to be the easiest and fastest way although it allows only checking windowed apps and it doesn’t show other Mac background processes. The running app, as a rule, has a small dot beneath the icon. In order to quit the Mac running applications, users need to right-click it and choose the Force Quit option.
How to check running processes on Mac via Force Quitting Applications
Another way to see running processes on Mac is to launch Force Quit Applications, by pressing Command + Option + Escape. It also provides you with the functionalities found in Dock, although allowing you to select as many applications as you wish in order to force quit them. It can be rather handy in cases when the apps aren’t responding.