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I was in the need of a new computer and decided to get a nice MacBook Pro.

I've managed pretty well by myself so far, but I do have one question...
Is there any "CTRL-ALT-DEL" equivalent for macs?
Something that lets you see all the open applications and processes running on your machine?
The only reason I ask is that somehow I managed to freeze finder while I was transfering files from my windows machine to my new notebook. If I was on windows, I would do the ctrl-alt-del thing and then close the offending processes.
Here, I was pretty much clueless about what to do. I figured out by myself that holding down the power button for a few seconds force-shutdown the thing, and I restarted without any problem.

So, I'm just wondering, is there a task-manager equivalent for macs?
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ctrl+alt+del equivelent is under the apple menu - can't think of what its called, but its easy to find. you can do force quits from the apple menu and from the dock (context/right click/two-finger tap on the dock icon to get a force quit option).

here's some other stuff you may find useful!
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for new users:

a few apps to check out:
onyx - excellent maintenance tool, great for cache maintenance and tweaking preferences

delocalizer - will free up a couple gigs of space by removing extra language support if you don't need it (i recovered about 2.8Gb by removing all support except us and uk english and spanish).

unison - great newsreader/binary downloader if you need that sort of thing.

adium - great chat program (similar to functionality of trillian for windows).


also, these threads are fun for anecdotal reference:
A quick summary of my problems. Read this if you're a new switcher!

Switchers, what do you love most about your new Mac?

switchers - top 5 things you don't miss!

Feelings of Apple Disillusionment

A switcher's guide to OS X Software

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1 - Apple Icon (upper left corner) > FORCE QUIT.

2 - APPLICATIONS > UTILITIES > ACTIVITY MONITOR.

Number one will give you all of the Open Apps and allow you to force quit, as the name implies. Number 2 will allow you to see ALL open processes on the Mac and much, MUCH, more.


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The Activity Monitor is in Macintosh HD>Applications>Utilities and is similiar to Windows Task Manager.
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"Command + Option + Esc" is the key combo for Force Quit

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thanks for the responses guys!

Yeah, I discovered Adium, Virtue, Cyberduck, Colloquy, UnRarX, OpenOffice, and VLC on my own a few nights ago (I knew about the last two from windows though).
Great programs... Virtue totally blew me away when I first loaded it
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You think that's cool? Load up Windows XP in full screen mode on one of the desktops and then flip from OS X to Windows. Now THAT is cool :black:
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ctrl+alt+del equivelent is under the apple menu - can't think of what its called, but its easy to find. you can do force quits from the apple menu and from the dock (context/right click/two-finger tap on the dock icon to get a force quit option).

here's some other stuff you may find useful!
welcome to the forums!

for new users:

a few apps to check out:
onyx - excellent maintenance tool, great for cache maintenance and tweaking preferences

delocalizer - will free up a couple gigs of space by removing extra language support if you don't need it (i recovered about 2.8Gb by removing all support except us and uk english and spanish).

unison - great newsreader/binary downloader if you need that sort of thing.

adium - great chat program (similar to functionality of trillian for windows).


also, these threads are fun for anecdotal reference:
A quick summary of my problems. Read this if you're a new switcher!

Switchers, what do you love most about your new Mac?

switchers - top 5 things you don't miss!

Feelings of Apple Disillusionment

A switcher's guide to OS X Software
i couldnt get the delocalizer link to work so here is another link

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/9281
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Congrats! You should check out the stickies here. They have some good tips on the basic utilities of Mac OS X. Besides that, I recommend iWork, if you do any publishing to anyone (like term papers to teachers or flyers). It kills MS Word by design.

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i couldnt get the delocalizer link to work so here is another link

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/9281
hmmm. just checked it to make sure i didn't have to update it. still seems to work. *whew*

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