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how to stop dashboard from opening safari

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  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    May 25, 2012 8:39 PM (in response to ~Bee)

    ~Bee wrote:

     

    With a MBP I believe it would be fn+F12, eh?

     

    Whatever.  I just want to see if he can actually launch dashboard without resorting to a possible broken alias in the dock.

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    May 25, 2012 8:44 PM (in response to perkim)

    perkim wrote:

     

    nothing, nothing, the volume turns up

     

    So nothing turns up when you Show in finder using the dock contextual?

     

    Nothing happens when you explicitly launch Dashboard from /Applications?

     

    Yet you say safari launches when you select dashboard from the dock (which according to you has no file assoicated with the icon because show if finder shows nothing, yet there is an icon other than a question mark).

     

    If yes to all of those I think you didn't follow the instructions correctly because that combination of events is impossible.

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,580 points)
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    May 25, 2012 9:03 PM (in response to X423424X)

    Gee, X423 --

     

    The correct keyboard shortcut in a portable Mac is the fn button (left bottom key of the keyboard), pressed with the f12 key.  As the OP reported, your advice did not address Dashboard.  It did increase the volumn.

    It's not a "Whatever" situation, really.  Just to be clear, we're not competing, we're both here to help perkim, right?

     

    Perkim:

    Just to rule things out, try the keyboard shortcuts I recommended above, and tell us what the result was, OK?

    Press the fn key (lower left bottom, along with the F12 key on the top level).  Dashboard should start up.

     

    This is your very first visit her, Perkim --

    Sorry you ran into a little edginess.

    We're all just other Mac users here, with the goal to share solutions with posters.

     

    Please know we're a generally friendly and supportive place.

     

    Anyway, try the above, and let us know, OK?

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    May 25, 2012 9:11 PM (in response to ~Bee)

    My "whatever" was I didn't care how the dashboard gets invoked but I wanted any other method except invoking it through the dock.

     

    And correct, I was (am) getting a little frustrated (bad night I guess) and it was starting to show up in my posts.  So I will take the OP suggestion and say out of this from here on.

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,580 points)
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    May 25, 2012 9:16 PM (in response to X423424X)

    X423 --

    I understand completely what you were aiming to do.  But unfortunately, the shortcut you gave had no chance of opening up Dashboard.  On a MBP, it will only increase sound volume.

     

    perkim --

    No problem.  For the life of me I cannot understand how Dashboard opens Safari.  There are some serious wires crossed

     

    OK, don't open Dashboard from the dock (as X423 previously suggested).  Go into the Applications folder, and click on Dashboard.  Does it open OK there?

     

    We were all new at one time.  Not to worry.

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,580 points)
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    May 25, 2012 9:41 PM (in response to perkim)

    Very very strange, there, perkim.

     

    OK, let's go back to your HOME library,OK?

    Click on the back screen to get the Finder, Go up to "Go" menu

    press Option key will clicking on "Go"  Click on the Library, then open "Preferences."

    In Preferenes, go down to

    com.apple.dashboard.plist.

     

    Take that file and put it in the trash for now.

     

    Restart the Dashboard from your Applications folder.

    Any better?

  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6 (13,300 points)
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    May 25, 2012 9:51 PM (in response to perkim)

    Is it possible it is a corrupt preference file causing the problem.  Safari is involved when you take a clipping (scissor tool) and add it to the Dashboard. Deleting the plist should clear any customization of this sort.

     

    Try moving to the trash or deleting the com.apple.dashboard.plist

     

    Finder>Go>Go to Folder>

     

    ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dashboard.plist

     

    Then in terminal copy and paste:

     

    killall Dock
    

     

    enter/Return

     

    or reboot.

     

     

    If that does not sort your problem,  open a guest account and see if the problem is universal.  

     

    If that is the case I would reinstall the OS.

    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4), 2.4GHz IntelCorei5 320GB HD 8GB RAM
  • lynn54 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 15, 2012 4:12 PM (in response to ~Bee)

    Hello,

    I have the identical problem to perkim's. It started immediately after I clipped a web page to Dashboard. I tried the suggestion of trashing the com.apple.dashboad.plist file and then launching Dashboard from the Applications folder, but Dashboard still immediately throws me to Safari. And I mean immediately: I do not have time to delete the web clip (which I am assuming is causing this Dashboard weirdness).

    Can you help me, please?

     

     

    I'm using a mid-2011 iMac with O.S. 10.8.1.

     

    thanks

  • lynn54 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 15, 2012 4:28 PM (in response to perkim)

    Hello,

    I have the same problem that you described here. Can you tell me if anything that you tried fixed the problem?

    thanks.

  • Caryl8 Calculating status...
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    Oct 23, 2012 6:12 AM (in response to lynn54)

    I am having exactly the same problem.  I also clipped a web page to the Dashboard, and not immediately get thrown to Safari.  I have looked for the com.apple.dashboard.plist file but can't find it.

     

    I really need some help with this.

  • lynn54 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 23, 2012 6:28 AM (in response to Caryl8)

    Caryl8,

    I solved my problem by shuting down and restarting. Then, I was able to delete the web page from Dashboard. I decided not to clip another web page to Dashboard, because I don't want to go through this again.

    I hope this helps you.

    Lynn

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