Mac Tweak: Putting The Dashboard On Your Desktop [How To]

When it comes to your Mac, you want to customize it to make it more you. This Mac Tweak will require no download of any application or tool. This tweak has been tested on Mac OSX Leopard and Snow Leopard. This has not been tested on the beta versions of Mac OSX Lion so use at own risk.

Step 1.

This simple tweak to your mac that Apple does not allow via the System Preferences will have to be activated via the Terminal app. To open the Terminal app, go to…

or you can search it in spotlight…

Step 2.

The Terminal window should look similar to this…

Where you see that Grey Square/Rectangle, your going to want to enter this word for word with your keyboard into Terminal…

defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode YES

Click enter and then type this code…

killall Dock

NOTE: Make sure the D is capitalized in Dock.

Step 3.

Adding a Widget to the Desktop

Now you will be able to add widgets to your desktop by following these easy steps.

  1. Open Dashboard (via the Application in the Dock or by hitting the F4 key)
  2. Click the “plus” button in the bottom left corner
  3. Drag a widget out but hold the cursor on the widget
  4. While holding the widget, hit the F4 Key and you will be able to drag the widget onto the desktop.

Do note that the widget will be above all other open applications which can become very tedious and annoying.

Removing a widget from Desktop

  1. Put your mouse over and hold the widget with your mouse
  2. Hit the F4 key
  3. Now drag the widget around on the Dashboard Canvas and it will be removed from desktop

If you want to turn this feature off completely, just copy and paste this code into Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode NO && killall Dock

If you have any questions or issues, post a comment below!

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  • Adam-tassier

    WOW! this is awsome. i tested it on a eMac G4 with tiger and it works perfect

  • http://www.iJailbreak.com Mike McKinnon

    This is cool, but a little intrusive, on a smaller screen, like my MacBook. Thanks for the tip!

  • Anonymous

    great! Thanks for the insight!

  • http://twitter.com/MaxxFrazer Maxx Cobb

    This method does not work with Lion, just tested it now…

  • N1CKW

    This WORKS exactly the same in Lion as in SL.  You must go to the Mission Control pref and uncheck show dashboard as a space.

  • Pog4lfe84

    I agree with Maxx its doesn’t work in lion

  • Jraxer

    This does not work with 10.8 even after you turn off Dashboard as a space in Mission Control.