How to run Dashboard Widgets on your OS X Desktop

This tutorial will walk you through the steps required to move one or more of your Dashboard Widgets from the Dashboard, to your Desktop.

Please note: This guide only works if you’re using a version of macOS that includes the Dashboard, which is Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger to OS X 10.7 Lion.

  1. Start by opening a Terminal and enter the following commands:

    defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode YES
    killall Dock

  2. terminal with commands

  3. Launch the Dashboard by hitting the F12 key
  4. Click on the widget you want to move to your Desktop, and while holding the mouse button down, click F12 again
  5. Now you can move the widget around on your desktop to the location of your choice. The widget will remain above all other windows, so place it in a location where that behavior is desirable.
  6. a dashboard widget on the desktop

  7. If you want to move the widget back to your Dashboard, simply click it and hold the mouse button down, click F12 and “release” it back to the Dashboard

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