Disable OS X Dashboard

When I very first got my Mac I loaded up the OS X Dashboard with countless widgets, doing all sorts like checking share price levels to little puzzle games. However, I soon started to realise that some of my dock items where hogging precious memory, and stealing CPU cycles.. Not to mention the fact the only time I saw the widgets was when I accidentally ended up in the dashboard view.

Because of this I have been looking at ways to disable the Dashboard all together, sure, it’s a cool place to hand out, and a nice party trick.. However I’d much rather have the free memory and CPU cycles!

So, if you’d like to disable OS X Dashboard, launch a new Terminal session fro the utilities folder and copy/paste in the following commands:

As the Dashboard Process is controlled by the Dock, you will also need to relaunch the dock, to do this simply copy and paste the following code into the terminal window:

As with all of the terminal tutorials I post they are easy to reverse, to re-enable the OS X Dashboard:

Then you will once again need to relaunch the dock:

It really is as simple as that..

Mike Hudson

Mike Hudson is a Infrastructure Analyst living and working in Kingston Upon Hull. With extensive experience in Microsoft and Apple technologies, ranging from desktop OS’s to Server OS’s and hardware. By day working as part of an infrastructure team, and by night ridding the world of IT issues through blog posts..

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  • I bought a 27″ iMac with Lion in Feb and have had mixed problems since the beginning – relatively small, but irritating. I’ve resolved most of them and know a LOT more about the computer than I ever thoguht I would. Has kind of soured me on Apple quality though and am having a hard time persuading myself to accept the changes in Lion, but that’s a different issue. Yesterday, for the first time, right in the middle of working, the screen went totally black-not a hint of grey or color anywhere. PANIC! Finally figured out that I needed to do a hard reboot and have learned more in the three times more that it’s crashed in the past 8 hours. Only difference is that I purchased and used Clean My Mac – could that be the issue? I save and back up my work consistently and with multiple formats, so I’m not (too) worried about losing work, but it’s a real bother to get paralyzed like that. Any more ideas? Thanks.

    • Hi Brendan, it’s very unlikely to have been caused by CleanMyMac. I have used it for years now on many OS X devices and never had any problems. Maybe next time it happens, book back up open console from the Utilities folder, and post the last few lines from the console window. That should tell you what happened pre it’s kernel panic.


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