Remove the dashboard widget screen from OSX

I don’t know about you but I don’t like the dashboard screen on OSX.

I find having to switch to the dashboard to use a widget more effort than it’s worth. I’d rather a stand alone application that I can launch on demand or if it needs to be persistent an application could add a menu bar icon that I can click on from any desktop.

After accidentally switching to the dashboard one two many times I decided to remove it. I’m not particularly worried about any performance gains I may get from removing the dashboard, I did it purely so i would no longer see it.

First you need to open up a Terminal window (command+space and type terminal and press enter) and enter:

defaults write mcx-disabled -boolean YES

press enter then you need to restart the Dock process to see your changes by typing:

killall Dock

Now you no longer have to be bothered by the dashboard screen.

Of course there’s a possibility at some stage in the future you might want the dashboard back. To get it back you need to repeat the steps above but change boolean YES to boolean NO. Simple!