2094 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: May 2, 2008 5:08 PM by MonsterGarden
Go program another key in your Expose & Spaces preferences panel to open Dashboard.
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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
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.
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?
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.