Until something goes wonky and we need to track down what went wrong and why. The geekier Mac user keeps a few utilities running to monitor the Mac’s performance– RAM usage, network usage, storage usage. That sort of thing. Most of the time that information is hidden away. Here’s how to find it.
How’s Your Mac Behaving?
Your Mac already has a built-in utility which monitors a whole bunch of internals. One click brings it to the Mac’s screen.
After that, it’s up to you to figure out what it means. The app is called Activity Monitor and Apple hides in the Applications > Utilities folder.
If you don’t really want that big app floating around on the limited screen real estate of your Mac, simply install Translucent instead.
This almost free Mac app brings needed CPU, RAM, Disk storage, and Network activity information to a few small icons in the Mac’s Menubar.
You won’t even need to click the Menubar to figure out how your Mac’s system health is at the moment (if you want to get your geek on you can view all the details in floating windows).
Just glance at the icons in the Menubar and you get a quick visual update on system status. More detail is available by moving the screen pointer over each icon.
That delivers a Tooltip-like pop up with even more information. Or, Command-Click on any sensor icon and get a window with even more detail.
Options include the ability to change the color of the items in Translucent, reduce the display size of the CPU cores to save space, and you can view low memory with a red status bar that pulses when memory reaches a certain level.
Translucent isn’t expensive, but it’s not free. It won’t help you diagnose your Mac when it goes wonky, but it will give you quick access to the most important aspects– RAM usage, Disk storage, Network activity, and CPU usage.