Is there a way to completely quit Dashboard?

thesdx

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Hi! I've noticed that my memory (1GB) is constantly being eaten up. (I only have 13MB of free memory right now) I didn't really know what was causing it, until I noticed that my huge amount of Dashboard widgets were still running and hogging a ton of memory. Is there a way to "quit" Dashboard and/or prevent it from running in the background?
 

thesdx

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Jul 12, 2007
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I tried, but you have to quit every single widget in Activity Monitor. Even if you do, they just load right back up again.
 

siurpeeman

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Dec 2, 2006
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the OC
even though you've got 13 mb of free memory, how much inactive memory do you have? inactive memory is just as good as free. i have 2 gb of ram in my laptop, and i only have 82 mb of free memory, but over 1 gb is inactive.
 

emptyCup

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Jan 5, 2005
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I tried, but you have to quit every single widget in Activity Monitor. Even if you do, they just load right back up again.
Go into Dashboard. Click on the big + in the circle on the bottom left. Click manage widgets. Uncheck every widget you don't want. They will not run or take up RAM. Despite Apple shipping their machines with every program in the Dock and every widget on the Dashboard, both run best when you only keep what you need there. Best wishes.
 

Dimwhit

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Apr 10, 2007
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For me, the only widgets using memory are the ones active when I go to the dashboard. So close them all out and it should get rid of them using memory. At least for the most part.
 

tuqqer

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Jun 28, 2005
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Is there a way to "quit" Dashboard and/or prevent it from running in the background?
Just an interesting side note: I have a solid dozen close Mac friends, and not a single one uses Dashboard. Some may love it, but for those that don't, this is a popular request, how to quit forever the damn thing.

It's been awhile since I figured out how to get rid of mine, but I could've sworn it was in my Login Items, and I just removed it from there. Could be wrong however, it's been years.