Disabled my Dashboard and can't get it back!

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by v1nsai, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2012
    Hey all first post here, I disabled the Dashboard a while back and haven't missed it at all. However I'm messing around with my boot camp setup and I need a way to force hibernation instead of the "hybrid" sleep that happens automatically.

    So I remember that I disabled it with a simple command from Terminal, but don't remember it off the top of my head. I've been googling around for "disable Dashboard mac lion" which has brought up the following:
    defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES
    killall Dock
    which seems extremely likely to have been how I disabled it, but this isn't bringing it back when I change the boolean to false, like so
    defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean NO
    and killall Dock it's still gone. I've gone back and forth quite a few times but I haven't been able to get it to come back.

    Is there any way I can force the process to start up manually? I've tried opening the Dashboard.app but it doesn't do anything and doesn't have any output in the log or command line. I'm pretty stumped, and I'm still pretty new to OS X (but not Unix) maybe someone more familiar with the internals can help me kickstart this thing?
  2. macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2011
    Try a clean reinstall. Sounds like you completely messed up your Mac :p
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2012
    It's not "completely messed up" just the dashboard doesn't work because I told it not to. I don't remember how I did it and how to undo it, trying to find more information on how it works so I can determine what the problem is. The Dashboard.app is missing something and can't start up even when selected manually
  4. macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2013
    defaults delete com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled;killall Dock

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