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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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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Move Dashboard Like Spaces

Move Dashboard Like Spaces

The Dashboard can be moved around now, just by clicking and dragging it to where you want to leave it. You can even move it to your secondary monitor on a dual monitor setup.

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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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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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Preinstalled Dashboard Widgets

Preinstalled Dashboard Widgets

Your computer has several Dashboard widgets already installed. To view them, swipe right with three or four fingers. Or press the Dashboard key or F12 key (Fn-F12 on portable keyboards). Widget How to use it Business Choose a business name from the search field’s pop-up menu, or type a category (such as “pizza”), and view(…)

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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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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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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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