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New mac user: Help please! Task bar?

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Does the MAC OS X have a "task bar" option? How do you know which programs are running in the background? Can the active ones be highlighted on the DOCK?

Thanks in advance.

Big Al
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Does the MAC OS X have a "task bar" option? How do you know which programs are running in the background? Can the active ones be highlighted on the DOCK?

Thanks in advance.

Big Al

Open applications are all shown in the dock, and have a bluish white dot below the icon to indicate they are running. Alternately, you can hold down the command (⌘) key and tap the Tab key and a list of active app icons will appear in an overlay on the screen. You can continue to tap the Tab key to cycle through these, and release when the one you want to activate is highlighted. An elegant solution!

For a complete list of running processes, including hidden programs and daemons running as background tasks, you can open the "Activity Monitor" which is pretty much the same thing as the Windows Process Viewer.
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Open applications are all shown in the dock, and have a bluish white dot below the icon to indicate they are running. Alternately, you can hold down the command (⌘) key and tap the Tab key and a list of active app icons will appear in an overlay on the screen. You can continue to tap the Tab key to cycle through these, and release when the one you want to activate is highlighted. An elegant solution!

For a complete list of running processes, including hidden programs and daemons running as background tasks, you can open the "Activity Monitor" which is pretty much the same thing as the Windows Process Viewer.

Thank you!
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Thank you!

Glad to be of help, and welcome to the Mac world!
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Glad to be of help, and welcome to the Mac world!

You are a wealth of knowledge.tell me what % would I see as an average user with the core 2 duo I own now and the i5 processor? I have a new 2010 MBP 13 inch
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Glad to be of help, and welcome to the Mac world!

what is your solution to my answer tonton? thanks
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what is your solution to my answer tonton? thanks

It's dependent on the meaning of the phrase "average user".

If all you do is surf the Internet, you'll see zero change. If you play games, encode movies with HandBrake, and use the processor-intensive iLife applications, you'll see 20-50% speed boosts, I believe.

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