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Computers: Mac OS X Dashboard tips and tricks
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Computers: Mac OS X Dashboard tips and tricks

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Wilson Tang shows you some easy ways to hack the Mac OS X Dashboard so that you can keep widgets live on your desktop or stop the Dashboard from loading altogether.

>> The Dashboard is a convenient tool when you want to access information in a hurry. But it can take a second or two to launch and it eats up precious memory. I'm Wilson Tang and here's some tips and tricks that you can do with the Dashboard. ^M00:00:11 [ Music ] ^M00:00:14 >> When launching the Dashboard, especially if you have a lot of widgets it can take a minute for all the widgets to load up. But we all want to know the weather outside right now or you might just want to keep track of a flight without having to launch the Dashboard in the first place. Here's a trick to keep a Dashboard widget active all the time in your desktop. First, launch the Terminal. It's in the utilities folders in the applications folder. Keep in mind anything you do with the Terminal can screw up your Mac. So be extra careful and back up all your data. In the Terminal, type in the following in all lower caps: defaults space write space com dot apple dot dashboard space devmode space and in upper caps, YES. You may have to restart or log off for this to take effect, but you should be able to drag widgets on to your desktop. You can do this by entering the dashboard with a keyboard command. Clicking and holding the widget you want to keep on your desktop and then pressing the keyboard command again. Now this widget will live on your desktop, but if you just hate the Dashboard or the memory it consumes you can stop the Dashboard from ever launching in the first place. In the Terminal, type in: defaults space write space com dot apple dot dashboard space mcx dash disabled space dash boolean space and in all caps, YES. This will stop the Dashboard from launching with the finder and the doc when you restart the computer. To undo any of these actions, just replace yes with no in the Terminal command. I'm Wilson Tang and these are a few tips and tricks that you can use on your Dashboard. ^M00:01:53 [ Music ]

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