Dashboard question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by fjs08, Jun 10, 2006.

  1. fjs08 macrumors 65816

    Jun 25, 2003
    Can I have Dashboard up and run other programs at the same time. Currently, I can view Dashboard, and the items I have "loaded" into it, but everything else goes to the background. I'd love to keep some items up and run Firefox or Entourage at the same time. Is this possible??


  2. Kardashian macrumors 68020


    Sep 4, 2005
    Dashboard is designed to 'overlay' over the other apps/windows in the background.

    Its meant to be non-distracting, that why is it user-activated, and its for that same reason other apps are blanked out, so not to distract the user when using Dashboard.

    Its a convenient tool to check weather, scores, stocks, email and take notes on the fly, without the inconvenience of opening up new memory-hungry app's etc.

    Its not meant to run alongside other app's as you wish to do. (Eventhough Dashboard is always 'running' - its in the background, you just press F12 to 'activate' it)

    Hope that helps :)
  3. fjs08 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 25, 2003
  4. Will Cheyney macrumors 6502a

    Will Cheyney

    Jul 13, 2005
    United Kingdom
    You can keep widgets on-screen at all times.

    Follow the following steps:

    This allows you to keep a widget on screen at all times even when Dashboard is not shown. To enable Development Mode:

    - Type the following in Terminal: defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode YES

    - Logout/login (or restart) to reload Dashboard with the new setting

    - Load your widget into Dashboard

    - Drag your widget a short distance; do not release the mouse

    - With the mouse still held down, hide Dashboard; your widget should now be hovering over the desktop


    Hope this helps :)

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