How to delete Mac dashboard widgets

Mac dashboard widgets deleting FAQ: Help, how do I delete Mac dashboard widgets?

As I was investigating the process of how to create a custom Mac dashboard widget from a web page using Safari, I remembered that the process of how to delete a Mac dashboard widget is not obvious at all. So, here's a quick look at how to delete Mac dashboard widgets.

How to delete Mac dashboard widgets

The process of deleting Mac dashboard widgets goes like this:

  • Press the magic key to look at your Mac dashboard widgets. On my iMac, with my wireless Mac keyboard, I press the [F4] function key to toggle the Mac dashboard widgets view.
  • As you can see when you look at this view, there's no obvious way to delete your existing Mac dashboard widgets.
  • Now, click the "+" icon. This icon is located in the lower-left of your screen; it's a plus-sign inside a circle.
  • When you click that icon, you'll see your dashboard screen modify itself somewhat. Most importantly, you'll now see a "delete" icon on each Mac dashboard widget. Just click that icon to delete the dashboard widgets you don't want any more. (One word of caution: There is no "Are you sure?" dialog; as soon you click the delete icon, the dashboard widget will be gone.)

How to delete Mac dashboard widgets - Summary

As you can see, once you figure out how to delete Mac dashboard widgets, the process is pretty simple. As a friend of mine used to say about designs like this, "It's intuitively obvious ... once you know how to do it."

As mentioned earlier, if you're interested in the process of creating your own dashboard widgets, check out my How to create a custom Mac dashboard widget from a web page using Safari tutorial.

I hope this Mac dashboard widgets tutorial has been helpful. As usual, if you have any questions or comments, just leave a note in the Comments section below.



Or you can just press and hold the Option key as you mouse-over a widget to get the delete 'X' for it.

Thanks, that's very good to know -- especially when my Safari web clips keep crashing. Instead of having to wait for them to completely fail, I just pressed the Option key and deleted them while they were hung up, rather than having to wait for the complete failure before deleting them.