What is a Dashboard?

Dashboard is an application found in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and 10.5 Leopard. It’s used to run mini-applications, what we called it as widgets. Widgets in the dashboard can be moved around, rearranged, deleted.

Leopard Dashboard

How do I launch dashboard?

Dashboard can be activated by clicking the Dashboard Icon from the dock or by pressing a hot key. It is at /Applications/Dashboard.app alternatively the default shortcut key is F12

Where are widgets installed?

Default widgets are installed at /Library/Widgets
User installed widgets are at ~/Library/Widget (where ~ is your home folder)

Where can widgets be download from?

A wide range of widgets can be found at:

How do I install a widget?

After you have downloaded a widget, you unzip the widget, by clicking on the widget file (icon is black in color), and choosing the ‘Install’ option. The downloaded widget will be automatically installed and copied to your widget folder. You then click on ‘Keep’ to have to have the widget shown on your dashboard. New widgets can be opened, via an icon bar on the bottom of the layer, by dragging a widget icon out into the layer. After loading, the widget is ready for use.

How do I remove (but not delete) an unwanted widget from the dashboard?

Hold down your option key and mouse over the widgets. The X button will show up. By clicking on it, widgets will be closed. To launch the widget again, you have to click on the (+) sign on the bottom left of the dashboard. There you can choose a variety of widgets to show on the dashboard.

How do I delete an unwanted widget from the dashboard?

Click on the (+) sign on the bottom left of the dashboard then click on ‘Manage Widgets’. User-installed widgets can be deleted by clicking on the red ‘Stop’ icon.


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