Dashboard Feature Eliminated in macOS Catalina

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Dashboard, a longtime Mac feature that Apple has been phasing out for the last few years, has been eliminated in macOS Catalina and it is no longer available for use.

The Dashboard option, first introduced in OS X 10.4 Tiger, used to be a prominent Mac feature, housing sticky notes, a weather interface, a clock, a calculator, and other customizable widgets.


It was disabled by default starting in macOS 10.10 Yosemite, and in the current version of macOS, Mojave, it's still disabled unless you seek it out, enabling it as part of Mission Control or adding it to the Dock.

In Catalina, there is no more Dashboard app at all, as pointed out by Appleosophy. It can't be enabled via Mission Control and there's no sign of it in the operating system, marking its official demise.

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LordCoe13

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Will definitely be missed... I use the sticky notes for everything but I guess I'll have to switch over to stickies on the desktop. Tracking deliveries and countdowns were always nice too...

UPDATE: To anyone like me that uses the sticky notes - when you update to MacOS Catalina and you open stickies for the first time, it will auto import all of the sticky notes from your dashboard. No need to do this prior to updating!
 
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petsounds

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Terrible decision. The Notification Center was never a good replacement for Dashboard. With one tap I can get a glance at the calendar, weather, time in different time zones, CPU/fan stats, and even an astronomy picture of the day. Simple, fluid, and not constrained to a thin strip of desktop space that requires me to scroll. I use it multiple times a day. So much so that I'm not sure I'll upgrade to Catalina if they've taken it out.
 

Omega Mac

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I remember when I first experienced this in Snow Leopard, as a transparent fade into desktop view, how smooth and nice this was compared to the windows experience. It was a nice human touch that would sell a machine to a newbie.

Then Frontrow, that was really cool.

Less was more.

Now there is more. It's not the same in many respects.

Maybe someone will make an app to replace this. :)
 

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Dashboard, a longtime Mac feature that Apple has been phasing out for the last few years, has been eliminated in macOS Catalina and it is no longer available for use.

The Dashboard option, first introduced in OS X 10.4 Tiger, used to be a prominent Mac feature, housing sticky notes, a weather interface, a clock, a calculator, and other customizable widgets.



It was disabled by default starting in macOS 10.10 Yosemite, and in the current version of macOS, Mojave, it's still disabled unless you seek it out, enabling it as part of Mission Control or adding it to the Dock.

In Catalina, there is no more Dashboard app at all, as pointed out by Appleosophy. It can't be enabled via Mission Control and there's no sign of it in the operating system, marking its official demise.

Article Link: Dashboard Feature Eliminated in macOS Catalina
So what happens to Widgets?
 
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