Originally Posted by Big_Al
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.
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.