Place Dashboard widgets on your Desktop!

June 22, 2006

So I got a tip today that it's possible to place Dashboard widgets on your desktop by enabling development mode for Dashboard in OS X. To do so, all you have to do is enter the following line in a Terminal window.

defaults write devmode YES

After you've done that, log out of OS X. Once you log back in, enter the Dashboard (by pressing F12 or clicking the Dashboard application) then click and hold a widget while leaving Dashboard. It magically appears on your Desktop! To put it back in Dashboard you would just repeat the procedure in the opposite manner.

To turn devmode off for Dashboard, you would simply enter the same string as earlier, only replace the word "YES" with "NO".

I thought this was a pretty cool trick. There is even a Dashboard widget that will turn devmode on and off for you.

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