A brief history of widgets…

Apple Desk Accessories (1984) Apple’s desk accessories were originally called desk ornaments, and were created by founding Mac team member Andy Hertzfeld off an idea from fellow early Apple employee Bud Tribble. The goal was to get single-purpose apps like a calculator, clock, puzzle game, sticky note, and control panel for various settings. In a(…)

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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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WidgetRunner

WidgetRunner

WidgetRunner lets you run Dashboard widgets on your desktop, rather than having to separately enter the Dashboard to view and manipulate them. Though there is an undocumented hack that allows you to run Widgets on the desktop, they always float above all other windows, which can be annoying. WidgetRunner allows you to specify whether each widget(…)

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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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Dashboard in Mac OS X Yosemite

Dashboard in Mac OS X Yosemite

Mac OS X offers a dashboard to store third-party widgets. This is not new to Yosemite, but in Mavericks you only had the option to show the Dashboard as a space or not. Yosemite brings back the option to show the dashboard as an overlay on your current space. Learn how to adjust your dashboard(…)

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OS X Yosemite Dashboard Tips

OS X Yosemite Dashboard Tips

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 See your day at a glance. Turn on Dashboard Choose Apple menu >(…)

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Dashboard Development

Dashboard Development

The main face of your widget is the front side (your widget displays preferences on its back). This is the side users recognize and interact with the most.Follow these guidelines as you design your widget’s front side: The design of your widget should focus on immediately conveying its primary purpose. Make effective use of space.(…)

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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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Is Dashboard still in OS X Yosemite?

Is Dashboard still in OS X Yosemite?

Yes, Dashboard is still in OS X Yosemite. Settings for it are in System Preferences under Mission Control.

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TheDashboard

TheDashboard

This is the simplest way to find and download Mac OS X Dashboard Widgets right from your Desktop. ↓ Download

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