Dashboard Tips

Create a Web Clip widget

You can make a portion of your favorite webpage into a Web Clip widget and add it to Dashboard. When the webpage’s content is updated, your Web Clip widget is also updated. When you click a Web Clip widget in Dashboard, the webpage you used to create it opens. Open Safari and go to the(…)

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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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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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OS X Dashboard In Ubuntu

Kuldgets is a small application that lets you run OS X Dashboard Widgets in Linux. Install Kludgets Grab the source: http://kludgets.googlecode.com/files/kludgets-0.9.1.linux.tar.gz Save it to your desktop and extract. (Right Click > Extract) Enter the extracted folder and double click on the ‘Kludgets’ runtime. You’ll now notice a little rocket in your notification tray. It’s from here(…)

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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 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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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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Dashboard 2014/2015

Dashboard 2014/2015

Widgets used to be one of the hottest things in tech, and everyone had them, not just Macs. Google had Google Desktop on PCs, Yahoo bought out Konfabulator, one of the original widget engines, and Microsoft had the Sidebar Widgets in Windows Vista. Even KDE, one of the more popular Linux desktop environments, had their(…)

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Allowing Third Party Install

Allowing Third Party Install

Some Mac OS X Dashboard Widgets are not signed by Apple and will not be able to be installed. If you trust the widget and know you want to install it, follow these steps to allow third party apps to install. Open “System Preferences” by clicking on the Apple icon and choosing that option. Select “Security & Privacy” from the “System(…)

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