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Is there any way to make Activity Monitor only show new processes? Can you do this in Terminal instead?

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Please accept the answer if it solved your problem. – Fabián H. jr. Jan 3 '12 at 19:57
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You would sort them by ProcessID, newer processes have a higher PID.(Normally)

Under Unix, process IDs are usually allocated on a sequential basis, beginning at 0 and rising to a maximum value which varies from system to system. Once this limit is reached, allocation restarts at 300 and again increases.

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