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How to kill/disable the Dashboard in Mac OS X 10.9

OS X 10.9 is sucking the life out of my old Mac, a 2008 iMac. Like turning off everything on Star Trek’s Enterprise so you can give power to something else (like the engines or shields), I keep looking for ways to bring a little life back to it. One way I’ve read about is to kill the Dashboard on 10.9.

You can kill the Dashboard with this Mac OSX defaults command, issued in a Mac Terminal window:

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:

Create custom Mac dashboard widgets from web pages with Safari

Mac dashboard widgets FAQ: How can I create a Mac dashboard widget from a web page?

Some time back, I don't remember exactly when, Apple introduced the ability to create Mac dashboard widgets from web pages with their Safari web browser. The process of creating a Mac dashboard widget from a web page is fairly simple, and I thought I'd share the steps in a short tutorial here.

Create a custom Mac dashboard widget from a web page

I just created a Mac dashboard widget from an "aurora borealis" forecast web page, and these are the steps I followed:

Run Dashboard widgets from your desktop

If you've ever wanted to see your Dashboard widgets outside of the normal Dashboard environment, Amnesty Widgets lets you run your widgets directly on your desktop. It's not free, but if it's something you always wanted, you can download a free trial.

 

RubySearch dashboard widget

I just found the RubySearch dashboard widget for Mac OS X, and I like it. It offers a simple interface to your local ri/rdoc repository, with hyperlinking between classes, methods, superclasses, etc. It may be a lot better than going back and forth between a Terminal window and typing ri.

 

Mac OS X Dashboard Widgets (intro)

I've been having a blast these last few days with Mac OS X Dashboard Widgets. Apple has assembled a nice collection of them, and they're all easy to install. Just download them (they seem to all be zip files), double-click the zip file to extract the contents, and then double-click the installer. Best of all, the widgets are free, fun to play with, and in some cases, they may even help your productivity.