Dashboard Kickstart

Dashboard Kickstart

Dashboard KickStart is not a widget, it’s a System Preference. With Dashboard KickStart, you’ll always have the Dashboard ready to use the first time you want. Without it you’ll have to wait for a complete Dashboard start-up sequence as soon as you are ready to use it for a first time, making its quick accessibility(…)

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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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Dashboard in Mac OS X Yosemite

Dashboard in Mac OS X Yosemite

Mac OS X offers a dashboard to store third-party widgets. This is not new to Yosemite, but in Mavericks you only had the option to show the Dashboard as a space or not. Yosemite brings back the option to show the dashboard as an overlay on your current space. Learn how to adjust your dashboard(…)

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Xcode Template

Xcode Template

Want to start developing Dashboard widgets now? Get started quickly and easily with the Dashboard Widget Xcode Template. To install the template, create a new folder called “Dashboard” in the /Library/Application Support/Apple/Developer Tools/Project Templates/ folder and drop the “Dashboard Widget” template there.The template includes all the basic components for new widgets (except a Default.png file)(…)

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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 OS X El Capitan

Enable the Dashboard in OS X El Capitan

Simply navigate to System Preferences > Mission Control and where it says Dashboard, click on the drop-down menu and select As Space. This will give you back the Dashboard and you can access it by hitting the Dashboard key on your MacBook keyboard or Apple keyboard (F3). From there, you can select Dashboard at the(…)

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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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DashSaver

DashSaver

DashSaver is a screensaver that resides in the “Desktop & Screen Saver” preference pane. When DashSaver is selected as a User’s screensaver, when the computer is inactive after the specified time as set in the Screen Saver preference pane, the dashboard is displayed and the users’ desktop is hidden. Find you are under utilizing one(…)

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xWidget

xWidget

xWidget is a free desktop customisation software that runs like a dashboard in Mac OS, including its graphical user interface. The application itself is simple, clean, lightweight and fast without taking up too much resources. Most importantly, you can customise your desktop with widgets and there are plenty of widgets that you can choose and add from its(…)

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WidgetRunner

WidgetRunner

WidgetRunner lets you run Dashboard widgets on your desktop, rather than having to separately enter the Dashboard to view and manipulate them. Though there is an undocumented hack that allows you to run Widgets on the desktop, they always float above all other windows, which can be annoying. WidgetRunner allows you to specify whether each widget(…)

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