Refresh Dashboard Widgets: Command+R Sends a Widget into a Whirlpool

Jul 7, 2011 - 7 Comments

Refresh Dashboard Widget into a Whirlpool

Mac OS X has a fancy way of refreshing your Dashboard widgets. It’s better watched than described or shown in pictures, so open up Dashboard, click on any widget, then hit Command+R and watch the widget disappear and reappear into a twirl.

The larger and more colorful the widget the better the effect, and you can hit command+R repeatedly if you feel like showing this off to someone else. Other than refreshing a widget, which rarely needs to happen, this isn’t too useful, but it’s great eye candy.

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Refresh a Dashboard widget

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. qka says:


    There is a website I refer to that updates a graph hourly. In the past, attempting to make a widget of that graph would not update, with this the problem should be solved.

  2. […] tip from Paul Horowitz on OS X Daily. To refresh widgets, in the Dashboard use Command + R. The widget will twirl and an update of data […]

  3. Joseph says:

    I had an aquarium widget once. It would make sounds even if you weren’t looking at it in dashboard. This would have been handy for that, thats about it haha.

  4. […] Via: Refresh Dashboard Widgets: Command+R Sends a Widget into a Whirlpool. […]

  5. This is ultra cool. I’ve been a Mac user for a LONG time and I didn’t know that you could do this! The DVD Releases widget will make this little trick a weekly user for me. Gotta love ⌘ + R!!


  6. C Morris says:

    This has been around since 10.4

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