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Dashboard Widget to Desktop

2083 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: May 2, 2008 5:08 PM by MonsterGarden RSS
MonsterGarden Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 23, 2008 8:50 PM
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)
  • Mac Medic ( Level 6 Level 6 (17,290 points)
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    Apr 23, 2008 9:41 PM (in response to MonsterGarden)
    Go program another key in your Expose & Spaces preferences panel to open Dashboard.

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  • Evan Garner Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
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    May 2, 2008 10:44 AM (in response to MonsterGarden)
    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 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 devmode NO

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  • Evan Garner Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
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    May 2, 2008 10:52 AM (in response to Evan Garner)
    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.

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