How to Enable or Disable the macOS Dashboard on your Mac

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Apr 10, 2017
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Want to enable or disable the macOS Dashboard? Here’s how you can do just that in a few easy steps on your Mac.

The macOS Dashboard is Useful in Some Cases, But Annoying in Others. Here’s How to Disable or Enable it

By default, the Dashboard in macOS is disabled. It’s a separate home screen on your Mac, which when enabled, displays a set of widgets that serve a dedicated purpose. It’s extremely handy if you are running a mobile office space, because things like the calculator, weather, unit converter and more are right at your disposal.

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For some people though, the Dashboard is something that only gets in the way without serving any real purpose. After all, who has time to jump onto a widget to get things done when half of the information can be accessed straight from the Notification Center? My thoughts exactly. Nonetheless, in today’s guide I’ll walk you through the process of turning the Dashboard on or off on the fly.

Tutorial

1. Launch System Preferences on your Mac. You can do so by simply clicking on the Apple logo icon in the menu bar then select System Preferences.

2. Now click on Mission Control.

3. You will be presented with a bunch of options. See that option labelled Dashboard? Select it to reveal more options and then select either Off or As Space, depending on whether you wish to disable or enable the feature, respectively.

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If you have chosen to enable the Dashboard, then you can access it by swiping right using three fingers on the trackpad, or by holding down the CONTROL button on the keyboard then pressing the LEFT arrow key. Looking to add or remove widgets from the Dashboard space? Click on the ‘-‘ or ‘+’ buttons located at the bottom left hand corner.

It’s best to play around with the Dashboard for a while in order to achieve the ultimate setup that you desire. At first, it looks a little jumbled up and useless. But once you get the hang of it, there’s plenty of stuff that can be done here.

We just hope Apple polishes the widgets with a look that fall in line with the overall look and feel of macOS Sierra. That’s my biggest complain regarding Dashboard.

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