Dashboard is a feature on your Mac that allows you to add handy single-function widgets like calendars, calculators, and reminders. Normally, these widgets are confined to their own separate space, requiring you to switch to that space to access them.
Wouldn’t it be convenient if you could access these widgets directly from your desktop? Good news – you can! And all it takes is a quick tweak using the Terminal application on your Mac.
How to Place Widgets on Your Desktop
Start by opening the Terminal application. You can easily find it by using Spotlight. Just press CMD + Space, type in Terminal, and hit Enter.
Once Terminal is open, enter the following command and press Enter:
defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode YES && killall Dock
Next, navigate to Applications > System Preferences > Mission Control and ensure that the option Show Dashboard as a Space is unchecked.
With these steps completed, you can now move widgets to your desktop. Here’s how:
- Activate your Dashboard by pressing Fn + F12.
- Click and hold the widget you wish to move.
- Press Fn + F12 again to return to your desktop, then release the widget.
To revert the widgets back to their original space, simply click and hold the widget, then use the shortcut again.
Note: If you added a widget after executing the Terminal command, it should appear on your desktop. For widgets that were already open, you’ll need to enter the following command in Terminal:
If you ever wish to disable this feature, simply enter the following command in Terminal:
defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode NO && killall Dock