Use Dashboard Widgets On Your Desktop [Video How-To]



Sometimes Dashboard can seem like a hassle. While it can be very handy for quick tasks, having to open a specific application to access these widgets can become cumbersome. It is also impossible to perform other tasks while using these widgets. Well, a simple command can fix all of that, and let you enjoy widgets alongside Mac OS X applications. Find out what to do in this video.

  • Travis284

    I just can’t stand how they go over my windows!

  • Guest

    yeah this tweak is brought up every so often but is really an inconvenient solution!! what’s the point of even posting this?? I’m pretty sure no one would want widgets over their windows..

  • Pavel Sladkov

    If there way to keep them on the desktop without going on top of windows it would be great

  • Roy

    This works on 10.6.7

    And it floats the widgets at the level you choose to float them

  • JGK

    The point is, SOME people might be interested. LIKE ME! Thanks for posting, Mike!

  • Michael Steeber

    Thanks for the tip!

  • Michael Steeber

    Your welcome!

  • charlie edwards

    I find putting some of my widgets on my desktop very useful and found a way to bypass having to use terminal with TinkerTool. This will run it for you. Check and uncheck the box under Applications. Just a thought for unfamiliar users.

  • MattLise Gaillzik

    Ok, where is the beef ? In this case the use of the video is useless.

    1. Open terminal, enter the following command : defaults write devmode yes
    2. Restart the Dock app entering the following command : killall Dock
    3. Activate Dashboard
    4. Drag a widget and at the same time quit the Dashboard using the same key you used to enter it. Drop the widget. It will stay on the desktop.

    Use the same procedure reversed to put it back on the dashboard.

  • RL

    there is a little app called WidgetRunner which will do it – far more useful than the terminal method described here!

  • Jack

    I’m totally with you, Matt.
    This kid keeps posting videos for things that make much more sense to just have as a simple written list, like you just did.

    I’m not sure if Cult of Mac pays anything to their contributors, but any time I see this kid’s name, I think it’s going to be another video of something that should just be a list.

    I would much rather have a short, well-written article to read than watch a video for no reason at all.

    “How to” videos are not always needed. I’m waiting for his 5 minute How To video explaining how to use a screwdriver, that could be explained with a simple “Righty tighty, lefty loosey.” The technology is different: the metaphor is apt.

  • Michael Steeber

    The problem with lists is that what might make sense to the author might not register with the reader. I have experienced this in my case, and it gets worse as the complexity of the tutorial goes up. I try to follow the directions only to be completely lost to what the author is directing me to do. This is where how-to videos step in. Maybe it’s just because I’m a visual learner, but I tend to have a much easier time following how-tos in visual form, rather then trying to figure out what the author meant in the step by step guide. Seeing exactly what to do can be much more informative then blindly trying to follow a text guide. I feel this is even more true when it comes to new users who might not know what terminal is or where to open it from. Saying “open terminal” might lose some readers right there if they don’t know where it is. I’ve always found video tutorials more informative. In fact I usually go to YouTube instead of doing a Google search. I’m sure many others will agree. Now that you mention it though, I could do a video about how to use a screwdriver…

  • Geoff Bartakovics

    Michael I’d love to be able to do this, but I just followed your instructions and it’s not working. Do I have to do anything differently to make this work in Lion?