Dashboard Tips

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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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 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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Dashboard Hacks

Dashboard Hacks

A Dashboard Dilemma When you look at the Dashboard of the average Mac user, it’s likely empty and never used, or overwhelmingly full of sports-news feeds and sticky-notes. Sometimes you see festive Christmas lights as well! Surely, there must be more to the Dashboard than this. The dashboard was never meant for this! Well, hopefully(…)

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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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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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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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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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Put Widgets in Folders

Put Widgets in Folders

Dashboard got a user interface overhaul with OS X Mountain Lion 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 into Folders to(…)

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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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