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.

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    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
     
  2. mgollaher92 macrumors member

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    Honestly, feels like it makes sense. The Dashboard utilities feel so clunky now and I personally never use them anymore. Feels like the end of an era though.
     
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    Knew this was coming, but damn I still use Dashboard near daily. Can some awesome developer out there create a replacement?
     
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    I'll miss it. It is handy for accessing some information quickly, such as the calendar.

    EDIT: For those pointing out Notification Centre, that is something different.
     
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    Holy crap that's still around? Last time I used dashboard was when I had an iBook G4
     
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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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    Try Notification Centre.
     
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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.
     
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    Finally. I don't think I've used it since 10.4.
     
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    They never implemented it properly.
    It should have been widgets on the sidebar notification area but I'm guessing the new port iOS apps to Mac OS will change that.
     
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    wow, this is the first thing they're killing that i will not miss)
     
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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. :)
     
  20. Unity451 macrumors 6502

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    Notification center works the same way for me
     
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    So what happens to Widgets?
     
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    After all the fuss & hoopla surrounding it when it was released years ago — now denigrated to the garbage heap.
    Makes you wonder what other current hyped stuff will be in the crosshairs
     

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