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A quicker way to close Dashboard widgetsWhile clicking around in Mac OS X’s Dashboard, I stumbled on this nice little trick. Bring up Dashboard, hold down the Option button, and then hover over a widget. A little icon will appear in the top-left of the widget, allowing you to close it right on the spot.

This saves you the extra step of bringing up the Manage Widgets bar at the bottom of the screen.

You could also use the Widgets widget, but why take up the extra space?


  • Ed

    gravatarMar 14, 2007
    7:11 am

    Or you could just disable Dashboard altogether :)

  • Scott

    gravatarMar 14, 2007
    9:42 am

    Very cool!

  • Harold

    gravatarMar 14, 2007
    12:09 pm

    Yeah I have used this method for some time. It works really nicely.

  • Groovymarlin

    gravatarMar 14, 2007
    12:21 pm

    Great tip! Except the “close” icon is in the top-left of the widget, not the top-right. Well, I suppose it’s the right side from the widget’s point of view. ;-) In any case, this is a really good tip that I will definitely use.

    And Ed – disable Dashboard? Never! I need quick access to that Whoopie Cushion widget!

  • Chanpory

    gravatarMar 14, 2007
    12:30 pm

    Groovymarlin, Thanks for catching that! I changed it to “top-left”. I hope this doesn’t minimize the widgets’ rights in any way ;-)

  • Steve Roesler

    gravatarMar 19, 2007
    4:57 am

    Thanks, Chanpory!

    It’s simple and useful…just forwarded the link to my daughter who goes nuts with those things.

  • Cain

    gravatarFeb 6, 2009
    10:17 pm

    wow, i couldnt close one widget, and i tried everything, except this. I love you man XD