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How to Track Memory Usage on Your Mac

By January 21, 2013

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A frequent question here at About: Macs concerns the amount of memory installed in a Mac. The question comes in many forms, but the upshot is that the Mac user wants to know:

How to Track Memory Usage on Your Mac
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  • Do I have enough RAM installed in my Mac?
  • How much RAM is being used by one or more applications?
  • Will installing more RAM make my Mac perform better?
  • How can I determine if I have adequate RAM for my needs?

That last question may seem the same as the first, but there is a subtle difference. It includes the desire to find out for yourself if you have enough RAM.

You can discover the answer to all of these questions with the aid of Activity Monitor, a utility that's included with OS X.

To learn more about RAM and how to use Activity Monitor, read the following guide:

OS X Memory Usage - Using Activity Monitor to Track and Understand Memory Usage


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