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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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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DashSaver

DashSaver

DashSaver is a screensaver that resides in the “Desktop & Screen Saver” preference pane. When DashSaver is selected as a User’s screensaver, when the computer is inactive after the specified time as set in the Screen Saver preference pane, the dashboard is displayed and the users’ desktop is hidden. Find you are under utilizing one(…)

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Enable the Dashboard in OS X El Capitan

Enable the Dashboard in OS X El Capitan

Simply navigate to System Preferences > Mission Control and where it says Dashboard, click on the drop-down menu and select As Space. This will give you back the Dashboard and you can access it by hitting the Dashboard key on your MacBook keyboard or Apple keyboard (F3). From there, you can select Dashboard at the(…)

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Yahoo! Widget Engine

Yahoo! Widget Engine

Yahoo! Widget Engine for Mac OS X lets you run little files called Widgets that can do pretty much whatever you want them to. Widgets can be alarm clocks, calculators, can tell you your AirPort signal strength, will fetch the latest stock quotes for your preferred symbols, and even give your current local weather. Download(…)

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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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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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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 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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Notification Center Widgets

Notification Center Widgets

Apple’s newly released OS X Yosemite allows third-party apps to include interactive Notification Center widgets, and AppleInsider offers a look at some of the best and most useful widgets you can install on your Mac right now. Adding and removing widgets looks very similar to the iOS 8 counterpart. Simply open the Notification Center, click(…)

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