The search on my activity monitor app is disabled/grayed out. I can't figure out how to enable it.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

ps: mac noob here, be gentle please! :)

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The search doesn't function when Activity Monitor's view is set to "All Processes, Hierarchically". Open the view menu and change it to anything else, and it'll activate again.

  • Almost correct: it also doesn't work when you have "Applications in the last 8 hours" selected...
    – Floris
    Dec 13, 2016 at 16:09
  • This answer doesn't work for me in Mojave.
    – 2540625
    Dec 14, 2018 at 0:29
  • It does work on Mojave, actually. Dec 17, 2018 at 0:19

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