Dashboard Tips

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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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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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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Backup and Restore Dashboard Widgets

Time Machine is one solution for backing up your Dashboard Widgets, but this option is not always optimal, especially when you have limited hard drive space, or if you would rather use other backup methods. Luckily, you can backup your widgets and reinstall each of them manually without much effort. How to Backup Step 1:(…)

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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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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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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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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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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 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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