Disable GateKeeper

Disable GateKeeper

If you downloaded a widget and was unable to open it because a window appeared telling you:  “App can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer”  then go to system preferences – security and privacy – under allow applications downloaded from – click on anywhere.

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Enable the Dashboard in MacOS Sierra

Enable the Dashboard in MacOS Sierra

Dashboard is a collection of small programs, called “widgets,” that let you quickly do a wide variety of tasks such as checking stock prices, finding weather information, and more. Note: You can also use widgets in Today view in Notification Center. For more information, see Use Notification Center. Turn on Dashboard Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then(…)

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Make Your Own Dashboard Widget

Make Your Own Dashboard Widget

One feature of MacOS/OS X and Safari we are surprised gets little love is Web Clipping. When you just can’t find a widget or need to have quick access to information, web clipping can save the day. If you are unfamiliar, Safari provides a neat little button that allows you to clip parts of web(…)

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Dashboard Tricks

Dashboard Tricks

Dashboard can be configured via preferences just like any application that runs on Mac OS X.  Dashboard Preferences are set under the Expose and Spaces area in Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite or El Capitain and Dashboard and Expose area in Mac OS X Tiger.  These are located under(…)

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A brief history of widgets…

Apple Desk Accessories (1984) Apple’s desk accessories were originally called desk ornaments, and were created by founding Mac team member Andy Hertzfeld off an idea from fellow early Apple employee Bud Tribble. The goal was to get single-purpose apps like a calculator, clock, puzzle game, sticky note, and control panel for various settings. In a(…)

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Widget Manager

Widget Manager

Take control of your Dashboard Widgets. Widget Manager is the original, free preference pane that lets you manage Widgets in Mac OS X. With Widget Manager you can inspect, remove and disable any Dashboard Widget, including the default Apple Widgets. Widget Manager also shows you all the information you can’t easily get through Dashboard, such(…)

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Dashboard on the Desktop

Dashboard on the Desktop

Open your favorite Mac widgets directly, without the need for any sort of special hacks. WidgetRunner is a free Mac app that opens your widgets outside the Dashboard, allowing you to use them more-or-less the way you would any other program. Relegated to a separate desktop since Lion, developers seem to have abandoned the Dashboard(…)

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Backup & Restore

Backup & Restore

There is no simple command or action that will allow you to backup your widgets, but it is still possible. Widgets, when installed, create files in the Library folder (which is hidden by default). Backing up widgets is really as easy as copying a bunch of files. The trick is to know which ones to copy. Before(…)

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TheDashboard

TheDashboard

This is the simplest way to find and download Mac OS X Dashboard Widgets right from your Desktop. ↓ Download

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Shortcuts for Dashboard

Shortcuts for Dashboard

You can use these shortcuts to work with Dashboard and Dashboard widgets. Action Shortcut Show or hide Dashboard Dashboard keyIf your keyboard doesn’t have a Dashboard key, press F12 (Fn-F12 on a portable keyboard). Reload the current widget Command (⌘)-R Show or hide the widget bar Command (⌘)-Equal Sign (=) Scroll the widget bar Command(…)

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