Mac OS X Tiger Dashboard Hack

Posted on September 29, 2005

Call up dashboard using the F12 key. Click the plus button to add a new widget. Click on a widget and drag it onto the desktop (or dashtop, whatever), but don't release the mouse button. Press F12 to hide dashboard again, and drop the widget onto a layer above your active windows.

I thought this might be useful with the calculator. The only problem is that when you call up the dashboard again, the calculator re-embeds itself. To get it back out, you have to remove it from the dashboard, and start the whole process again. I would suggest a keyboard modifier: grab a widget, hold down shift, hide the dashboard and drop the widget onto the workspace. However, shift just lets you see the eye candy in slo-mo.

The jury's still out on this one. In fact, the jury's still out on the dashboard altogether. I've closed everything but the weather widget...

[UPDATE] I've just installed the FM4 widget that allows me to listen to the excellent FM4 radio station from Austrian state broadcasting outta Vienna. Great alternative music, charmingly amateurish english-speaking presenters. Added plus: the widget allows you to see the titles of the last three tracks.

Comments (5)

yani said

Yeah I'm the same, I've closed everything except the weather and the calculator widgets. For one of the major selling points of Tiger, I'm not getting much/any use out of it.

Posted by: yani at September 30, 2005 05:10 AM .

Lisa McMillan said

That's awesome! I actually have a tonne of widgets running on my machine because I try to use the ones that help with web development. I've wished I could access seess without hitting f12 for EVER. That did it. You rock! Thanks for sharing this for us.

Posted by: Lisa McMillan at October 1, 2005 02:38 AM .

sambeau said

try this:-
defaults write devmode YES
now your widgets should stay put

Posted by: sambeau at March 13, 2006 12:18 PM .

sambeau said

Should have added that you need to log-in and out again:-

Posted by: sambeau at March 13, 2006 12:22 PM .

crod said


Posted by: crod at May 13, 2006 04:23 PM .