9 Replies Latest reply: May 2, 2008 5:08 PM by MonsterGarden
MonsterGarden Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
On my older PowerBook and another MBP I would hold down f12 in dashboard to drag a widget to the desktop that would stay open itself and leave dashboard. Now that I have a MacBook, the dashboard key is f4 and that does not work to hold down while dragging a widget to the desktop.

Is there a new way to get this to work if I want to have a widget to stay on my desktop?

MacBook 2GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • 1. Re: Dashboard Widget to Desktop
    Mac Medic (be@MacOSG.com) Level 6 Level 6 (17,290 points)
    Go program another key in your Expose & Spaces preferences panel to open Dashboard.

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  • 2. Re: Dashboard Widget to Desktop
    MonsterGarden Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the reply, but why would that be necessary when f4 is already the default?
  • 3. Re: Dashboard Widget to Desktop
    MonsterGarden Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok, I finally got around to doing that, I changed it to F5 and it still does not work. It doesn't work on my girlfriend's MBP either with the default F12, like it does on my older PB with Tiger.
    Is this something they took away in Leopard?
  • 4. Re: Dashboard Widget to Desktop
    Evan Garner Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
    You where not supposed to ever be able to do this by default. There is a way that you can though.

    If you'd like one of your Dashboard widgets to be available all the time, instead of only when you have activated Dashboard via F12, then you will have to activate the Dashboard dvelopment mode. Open the Terminal and type

    defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode YES

    and press Return. Then logout and log back in again. Now debugging mode is activated.
    To get a widget off of the Dashboard and onto your desktop, just do the following:
    Activate Dashboard by pressing F12 (or whatever key you've assigned to Dashboard).
    Begin dragging the widget.
    Press F12 again, before letting up on the mouse button.
    Drop the widget wherever you want it.
    You can do the same thing in reverse to drag the widget back onto the Dashboard. Also of interest: while a widget is frontmost, you can press Command-R to reload it. (This may be necessary if a widget is buggy and gets messed up somehow.) There's even a nifty Core Image-based twirl effect to accompany the reload.

    To deactivate this just enter

    defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode NO


    Luck
    E
  • 5. Re: Dashboard Widget to Desktop
    Evan Garner Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
    PS unfortunately with this method the widget is ALWAYS on top of all other windows, thus I dont use it . I personaly like the Yahoo widget engine, previously known as Konfabulator. THere is also a program known as Amnasty that lets you use the built in widgets, but they do not drag from the dashboard to the desktop.

    E
  • 6. Re: Dashboard Widget to Desktop
    MonsterGarden Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I saw this exact same Terminal solution under the Leopard discussions, have tried it many times now, with and without the killall Dock command as well, which is suggested in other posts and it still didn't work. Even tried it with Spaces disabled, thinking that that was a conflict, but to no effect.

    Do you have any other suggestions?

    And why would they remove this feature?
  • 7. Re: Dashboard Widget to Desktop
    MonsterGarden Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yeah, and I might end up using Yahoo widgets again. They work well.
  • 8. Re: Dashboard Widget to Desktop
    MonsterGarden Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Forgot to ask: if I want to disable or quit dashboard is there a way to do that besides restarting my MB?
  • 9. Re: Dashboard Widget to Desktop
    MonsterGarden Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    My bad, I just figured out what I was doing wrong. In Tiger, I used to drag from the dashboard bar while holding down F12 and now in Leopard, you just click and hold on the existing launched widget while pressing F12 or whatever F-key you have assigned.
    And better yet, it now keeps those widgets on the desktop even when you go back to the dashboard, Tiger didn't do that.