Get Rid Of The Dashboard In Mavericks [OS X Tips]

Dashboard OS X Mavericks

The Dashboard has been getting less and less attention lately, and so it’s surprising that it’s still in OS X Mavericks beta, to be honest.

It does have a nicer background, to be sure, but if you’re feeling like it has outlived its purpose on your Mac, here’s how to get rid of it.

Launch Terminal from your Utilities folder, which is itself in the Applications Folder. Once launched, type or paste the following commands into the Terminal window.

defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean true

Then remember to relaunch the Dashboard process, here:

killall Dock

Now the Dashboard will be gone, baby, gone, and you never have to think about widgets again.

If, however, you want to bring it back? Simple re-do the same commands above, only change the word true to false, and you’ll have it back in your heart lickety-split.

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  • Adrayven

    Honestly, if they created a section for widget dashboard apps in app store and created a mini version on iPhone/iPad, basically replacing the old search screen they removed, I think they would take off again..

    Apple has had widgets for a while. They just choose to not support them or extend this functionality to iOS. :(

    Its the old, if you build it, the will come. :D

    I think this is very true with the Dashboard; but w/o creating an outlet in App Store.. it will continue to die as devs would have no meaningful form of distribution.

    The old Dashboard search is dead, no updates. Most devs moved onto the App Store.

  • ZomgNerd

    Also working in Mountain Lion

  • vegaslight

    I know many people probably don’t use the Dashboard widgets anymore, but I use it everyday on my iMac. The launch pad is something I never use though.

  • QJeremiah

    I think somebody within Apple hates it – why is unclear.

    I love it, I got a bunch of webclipping (covering local pollen-prognosis, weather-radar-images etc etc)
    I’ve set a “hot corner” to start it, and with one flick of the wrist I am updated.

    I know how much allergy-medics I need to take, how to dress before biking to work etc….

    What it needs is exactly what Adrayven points out – a menaingful distribution system.

  • Vertigo Bird

    Dashboard is very useful. I still use it often – sometimes just for a quick peek at a calendar. Also, Delivery Status lives there, which I use all the time and syncs to iOS devices. I just wish I could change the LaunchPad key to default to Dashboard (rMBP). fn-F4 works, but it’s not as nice as a discrete key.

    I never use LaunchPad. I have much faster access to apps, docs, and folders on the Dock. Even with *cough* 100 or so items on the Dock, I can still get to an individual item almost instantly because of how they’re grouped. Anyway, got side tracked.

    Apple: leave Dashboard alone. :-)

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