Dashboard Tips

Dashboard Environment

Dashboard Environment

Dashboard widgets provide an easy way for people to access important information and perform simple tasks without disturbing their work on the desktop. The Dashboard application, available in OS X v10.4 and later, provides the environment widgets run in and allows users to manage their widgets. This article introduces the Dashboard environment and explains how(…)

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Speed up your Dashboard

Every widget creates a cache file. In theory, these cache files are meant to speed up Dashboard performance. But, the cache files can get bloated or corrupted, resulting in the exact opposite effect. If your Dashboard seems to be running unusually slow, you may want to try clearing those caches. Go to: YourUserFolder/Library/Caches/DashboardClient You’ll find(…)

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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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Gatekeeper Tips

Gatekeeper Tips

Fix the “App can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer” Error in Mac OS X Since OS X Mountain Lion, the Mac defaults to preventing applications from unidentified developers or sources from being launched. You’ll discover the message in OS X 10.8 when you try to launch a Mac app that didn’t come from a(…)

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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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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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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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Customize Dashboard widgets

Customize Dashboard widgets

Some widgets have Info (i) buttons that you can click to reveal custom settings. For example, in a Stickies note, you can change the font style or color of the note. To open Dashboard, swipe right with three or four fingers. Or press the Dashboard key or F12 key (Fn-F12 on portable keyboards). Move the(…)

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Install more Dashboard widgets

Install more Dashboard widgets

If the widget you need isn’t already on your computer, you can it. You must be connected to the Internet to install additional widgets. Important: As with any software you install on your computer, make sure you install widgets only from trusted sources. To open Dashboard, swipe right with three or four fingers. Or press the(…)

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Get quick info with Dashboard

Get quick info with Dashboard

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 local or global weather information, looking up words in the dictionary, and more. Dashboard comes with many widgets already installed. If you’re connected to the Internet, you can download additional(…)

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