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How to Enable Dashboard in MacOS Mojave

Nov 5, 2018 - 27 Comments
Enable Dashboard in MacOS Mojave

Dashboard is disabled by default in MacOS Mojave, but if you’re a fan of the handy underappreciated widgets feature on the Mac, for quick access to things like unit conversion tools, weather reports, calendar, a dictionary and thesaurus, world clocks, and more, then you will be happy to know that you can quickly enable Dashboard … Read More

How to Turn Off & Close Dashboard in Mac OS

Apr 4, 2017 - 18 Comments

The Mac Dashboard is an under appreciated feature in Mac OS that offers a screen of little widgets for displaying things like the weather, dictionary, stocks, currency conversion, ski conditions, world clocks, and more. The Dashboard feature is kind of like what the latest iOS widget lock screen offers, but on the Mac. For whatever … Read More

Move Dashboard To Another Space Location in Mission Control for OS X

Nov 27, 2013 - 1 Comment
Move Dashboard within Spaces in OS X

Dashboard is the largely under loved and unappreciated feature of Mac OS X that gives you quick access to a variety of widgets, providing things like weather info, quick unit conversion, a dictionary, world clocks, and whatever else you have setup in there. The newer versions of OS X have turned Dashboard into a dedicated … Read More

Make a Dashboard Widget from Parts of Web Pages in Mac OS X

Aug 19, 2013 - 1 Comment
Open in Dashboard to make a widget for OS X

Dashboard is a largely under appreciated feature of Mac OS X that adds little widgets to the Dashboard space or added directly to the desktop itself. Much of Dashboards lack of use comes down to not having widgets that pertain to interests of the user, and that’s where this trick comes in, which allows you … Read More

Add Weather & Other Dashboard Widgets to the Desktop in Mac OS X

Jan 18, 2013 - 12 Comments
Turn off Dashboard as a space

A fun way to customize the Mac desktop is to add floating widgets for things like weather, ski conditions, stocks, and time. These widgets are actually from Dashboard, a largely forgotten feature of Mac OS X that can be made useful again by bringing them more to the forefront of your desktop experience. This is … Read More

Put Dashboard Widgets into Folders in OS X

Aug 28, 2012 - Leave a Comment
Dashboard widgets in a Folder in OS X Mountain Lion

Dashboard got a user interface overhaul with new versions of OS X and it now more closely resembles – surprise surprise – iOS and OS X’s very own Launchpad. You’ll find the new look when you go to add a widget to the Dashboard, and just like iOS you can now arrange all those widgets … Read More

Set Dashboard to Transparently Hover Over the Desktop in Mac OS X

Aug 16, 2011 - 14 Comments
Return Mac OS X Lion Dashboard to hover transparently over the desktop

Don’t use Dashboard often or maybe you don’t like Dashboard much in Mac OS X? It’s a great feature but it’s often underutilized, and if changing Dashboards background wallpaper wasn’t sufficient enough for you to start using it again, you can always return Dashboard behavior to the standard transparent hovering state that existed prior to … Read More

Remap F4 to Open LaunchPad on Older Pre-Mac OS X Lion Keyboards

Aug 12, 2011 - 10 Comments
Flip F4 in FunctionFlip

Since the launch of Mac OS X Lion, all keyboards on new Mac products have replaced F4 with a ‘LaunchPad’ button instead of the old Dashboard button. If you have pre-Lion Mac, you can remap that F4 Dashboard button to open LaunchPad instead though, here’s how:

Change Dashboards Lego Background Wallpaper in Mac OS X Lion

Jul 27, 2011 - 88 Comments
Change Dashboards background wallpaper image in Mac OS X Lion

Mac OS X Lion brought a few changes to the Dashboard, one being that it’s contained within it’s own Space by default, and the other noticeable UI difference is the new Lego lookalike background wallpaper that looks a little, well, Lego-like. That background image is easy to change, so pick an image you’d rather see … Read More

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 … Read More

New Patent Looks Like iOS Running Atop Mac OS X as a Dashboard?

May 31, 2011 - 1 Comment
New Dashboard patent for Mac OS X

A new patent has been discovered that details a revised Dashboard system in Mac OS X that allows for multiple Dashboard environments and a new method of managing widgets. On the surface, that might not seem too exciting since Dashboard has been around for ages, but when you look at the patent diagrams, see the … Read More

What if you could check Star Wars weather via the Dashboard weather widget?

Nov 19, 2010 - 2 Comments

If only the Mac OS X Dashboard weather widget could tell us the weather in distant galaxies far, far away from famous science fiction movies… wouldn’t that be nice? If you enjoy Star Wars, you’ll probably enjoy these images from Cristian Kit Paul, a graphic designer who also must be a Mac user and Star … Read More

Use Mail to Track Flights in Mac OS X

Jun 11, 2010 - 1 Comment

One of the Mac Mail apps many talents is the ability to automatically detect when a flight number is present in an email, and then give you the option to view the flights status by using the flight tracking Dashboard widget in OS X. Yes seriously, the Mac eMail app can track flights! This doesn’t … Read More

View All Different Weather Graphics in Dashboard Weather Widget of OS X

Jan 31, 2010 - 2 Comments

Hey look it’s raining out of the snow! That’s something I don’t see everyday. But the Dashboard Weather widget in OS X has plenty of unique weather conditions that can be shown, and if you want to see them all you don’t need to wait until the seasons change.

Lock your Mac Desktop with the Locker Widget

Jan 19, 2010 - 12 Comments

Locker is a very simple Dashboard widget that does something Mac OS X should have included by default, it instantly locks your Mac desktop.

How to Completely Disable Dashboard in Mac OS X

Mar 14, 2007 - 19 Comments

Dashboard is the kind of thing you either love or hate, using the widgets constantly or not at all. How much use you get out of Dashboard will probably determine if you want the feature to stick around in Mac OS X or not. As regular readers may recall, we have discussed how unused Dashboard … Read More

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